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Sen. Udall calls for repeal of indefinite detention provisions

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) on Thursday voiced his support for legislation that would prohibit individuals detained in the United States from being indefinitely detained or transferred to a foreign country. “Our Constitution is in many ways the most powerful weapon we have against those who mean us harm,” he said.…

Support for indefinite detention still hinges on ‘reading terrorists their rights’

At a long overdue Senate committee hearing Wednesday, vocal upport for the controversial indefinite detention rules in last year’s defense authorization act finally reared its head, seeming to still hinge on just one thing: as one witness essentially said, reading terrorists their rights may just prove fatal. Appearing before the Senate…

Congress calls witnesses to speak on dangers of indefinite detention

A series of witnesses called to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on indefinite detention Wednesday morning will outline just how dangerous a president’s “unchecked authority” is to the freedoms Americans hold dear, giving lawmakers historical context on moments when American politicians ignored the principles enshrined in the Magna…

Republicans invite torture architect to testify in favor of indefinite detention

A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday will present lawmakers with their first opportunity to begin tearing down the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), but two of the nation’s leading civil rights groups are warning that Republicans have taken an unprecedented and even “chilling” step…

Massachusetts town vows to defy indefinite detention law

A small town in Massachusetts says it is “opting out” of a federal law that allows the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without trial. The city of Northampton on Thursday passed a strongly worded resolution (PDF) to protest provisions of the federal government’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which even…

Ron Paul proposes bill to repeal indefinite detention provision

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced legislation to the U.S House on Wednesday that would repeal Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. The $662 billion defense spending bill contained controversial provisions, Sections 1021 and 1022, that required terrorism suspects to be detained by the military without trial,…

Anonymous declares war on Congress with #OpAccountable

The National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 has been assailed by civil libertarians for its provisions which allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial. Now the hacktivist collective Anonymous has joined the battle in its own distinctive manner, declaring war on the members of Congress who voted…

Sen. Kirk blasts indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, reads Constitution to Senate

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on Thursday read sections of the United States Constitution on the Senate floor as lawmakers debated a highly controversial provision in the annual defense bill. Sections 1031 and 1032 in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the Senate is debating this week, would authorize the…

Sen. Paul: New indefinite detention rule puts every American at risk

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) released a video on Tuesday in which he blasted a controversial provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the Senate is debating this week. The provision would authorize the military to indefinitely detain individuals — including U.S. citizens — without charge or trial. “If…

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