Not everyone in Congress thinks it is a good idea to pass a law that will allow indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. Senator Mike Lee and Representative Justin Amash think the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) needs major changes to preserve constitutional rights of all Americans. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed versions of this bill. The bill the Senate passed recently (S 1867) is where all the controversy comes from. Now, the two versions of the bill have to be reconciled by the House and Senate, and it looks like changes are going to be on the table. Congressman Amash wrote a letter to “House Conferees” about how the Senate version violates “Americans’ constitutional rights.” (Click here for the complete Representative Amash letter to the House Conferees. It is a good one.)
Senator Mike Lee and Judge Andrew Napolitano talked at length about this bill last week on FOX. It seems Senator Lee is, also, adamantly against the indefinite detention language in the Senate bill. So, I feel there is some real hope that this legislation will be changed to protect our rights before it becomes law. Check out the video below of Napolitano and Lee:
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