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President of the United States

President Obama: Veto the National Defense Authorization Act!

1,246
Supporters

Shockingly, the U.S. Senate has voted to allow the military to detain American citizens indefinitely and without charge if they are said to be suspected of terrorism.

In November, the Senate failed to adopt an amendment to ban a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that allows the U.S. Military to detain U.S. citizens without charge or trial indefinitely. We must act to protect our civil rights and the security of our country, which is greatly undermined by three sections of the NDAA:

One section explicitly authorizes the federal government to indefinitely imprison without charge or trial American citizens and others picked up inside and outside the United States – who are suspected of involvement with terrorism. A second section forces law enforcement officials to transfer a large category of terrorism suspects into military custody, against the advice of counter-terrorism professionals. A third section will further institute restrictions on the transfer of cleared Guantanamo detainees.

The Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the FBI and the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division have all come out in opposition to the indefinite detention provisions in the NDAA.

President Obama has threatened to veto the NDAA if these provisions were not removed. If the Senate and House conferees do not take action to correct these provisions, the President must veto this troubling new law that goes against the fundamentals of American values of the Constitution.

As a combat veteran, I strongly oppose these new provisions as they go against the very freedoms I served to protect.

Please sign this petition and ask that the Senate remove these provisions of the NDAA.


Letter to
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
I’m writing you today to voice my opposition to the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act.

As your constituent, I’m asking that you support removal of provisions detailed in sections 1031 and 1032 of the NDAA that would:

(1) Explicitly authorize the federal government to indefinitely imprison without charge or trial American citizens and others picked up inside and outside the United States;

(2) Mandate military detention of some civilians who would otherwise be outside of military control, including civilians picked up within the United States itself; and

(3) Transfer to the Department of Defense core prosecutorial, investigative, law enforcement, penal, and custodial authority and responsibility now held by the Department of Justice.

The Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the FBI and the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division have all come out in opposition to the indefinite detention provisions in the NDAA.

If these provisions are not removed, I call on President Obama to hold true to his threat of a veto of the National Defense Authorization Act.