Changes in NDAA Detention Provisions Don’t Go Far Enough, Groups Say

TCP joined a broad array of civil rights, human rights, civil liberties, and immigrant rights organizations opposing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 intended to change detention provisions in current law.  On its face, the amendment (3018) proposed by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and others exempts U.S. citizens and green-card holders arrested within the United States from being detained indefinitely under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. By seeking to protect only United States citizens and legal permanent residents, the amendment “unintentionally reinforces the false and discriminatory notion that due process protections are only afforded to some – not all – persons within the United States,” the groups said in a November 29 letter addressed to senators.  The groups commended Sen. Feinstein for the intent of her amendment, but said the limitations on it application made it impossible to support.

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