Indefinite Military Detention of Citizens on US Soil Still in Pentagon Spending Bill
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“We have not had a single hearing on these detainee matters to fully understand the implications of our actions,” Udall said, chastising the bill’s authors. “Let’s ask our dedicated men and women who are fighting to protect us what they need to keep us safe.”
Udall said the bill could “force the military to act as police, judge and jailer.”
But key senators on military policy, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, countered, bluntly saying, “These changes are needed.”
Moreover, Levin, who sits on the Armed Services Committee, said the White House, despite its veto threat, helped “to draft almost all of this bill.” He said Udall’s amendment would have struck “provisions that the administration helped to draft.”
The White House issued no statements on the military detainee provisions Tuesday. But Senate aides following the bill said that was to be expected, as the legislation still has a long way to go before requiring the president’s signature or veto pen.
Steven Rosenfeld covers corporate constitutional rights for AlterNet and is author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting" (AlterNet Books, 2008).