Urge Congress to debate and ultimately amend the NDAA
Remove the Indefinite Detention Clause
You may be familiar with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is a piece of legislation that designates the military’s budget every year.
However, In 2011, language was slipped into it that allowed for the indefinite detention of United States citizens on U.S. soil and abroad without due process. It allowed the government to hold anyone deemed to be a threat to be held without a trial, in clear violation of the Constitution and of the basic rights of a free people.
Every year since, when the NDAA has come up for renewal, a few resolute senators have fought for the chance to strip this awful language from federal law, and each year senate war-hawks fight tooth and nail to stop any vote or debate.
Senate leadership is moving to pass this year’s NDAA, and once again Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee have been attempting to merely secure a vote on an amendment to end the indefinite detention provision. However, Senator Lindsey Graham, who has stated that the laws of war should apply even here on the homefront, has steadfastly opposed allowing this vote.
A vote to begin consideration of the NDAA has been scheduled for THIS coming Monday evening. Because Senators Paul and Lee are refusing to fast-track the bill, leadership will have to amass 60 votes to bypass them - a heavy lift that you can make heavier by adding your voice to the debate.
We are signing onto a coalition letter to be sent to Sen. Graham and key senators urging them to allow the Senate to vote on this amendment. But we are also asking you to reach out to Sen. Graham’s office, as well as your own senators, in time for Monday’s vote. Please urge them to vote to allow debate on Sen. Paul & Lee’s amendment.
Make sure they have your voicemail, email, fax or tweet in time for start of business Monday morning. Here’s how you can contact Sen. Graham and your own senators: