Smith-Amash Amendment Rejected: Indefinite Detention Still the Law

By:  Joe Wolverton, II
05/21/2012
       
Smith-Amash Amendment Rejected: Indefinite Detention Still the Law

 An overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives voted to reject the Smith-Amash Amendment that would have repealed the provision of the NDAA that authorized the indefinite detention of Americans.

 An overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives voted to reject the Smith-Amash Amendment that would have repealed the provision of the NDAA that authorized the indefinite detention of Americans.

 

In a shameful display of disregard for the Constitution and for liberty, on Friday, the House of Representatives voted to perpetuate the president’s power to indefinitely detain American citizens.

By a vote of 238-182, members of Congress rejected the amendment offered by Representatives Adam Smith (D-Washington) and Justin Amash (R-Michigan) (left and right, respectively in photo montage) that would have repealed the indefinite detention provision passed overwhelmingly last year as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012.

The Fiscal Year 2013 NDAA retains the indefinite detention provisions, as well as the section permitting prisoners to be transferred from civilian jurisdiction to the custody of the military.

"The frightening thing here is that the government is claiming the power under the Afghanistan authorization for use of military force as a justification for entering American homes to grab people, indefinitely detain them and not give them a charge or trial," Representative Amash said during House debate.

Debate on the Smith-Amash Amendment, as well as about 140 others began in the early, pre-dawn hours Friday morning.

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