Senate Rejects Effort To Strip Detainee Provision

By: AP
By: AP
The Senate has rejected an effort to strip provisions dealing with the capture and handling of suspected terrorists from a sweeping defense bill.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has rejected an effort to strip provisions dealing with the capture and handling of suspected terrorists from a sweeping defense bill.

The vote was 61-37 against the measure on Tuesday. Democratic Sen. Mark Udall had offered the amendment to take out the provisions and instead allow the Intelligence, Judiciary and Armed Services committees to hold hearings with Pentagon and administration officials on the issue.

Udall had argued that the provisions could be a threat to civil liberties. He cited opposition of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and FBI Director Robert Mueller. The White House has threatened a veto over the provisions.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham had countered that the provisions were necessary for a nation at war. The Senate hopes to finish the bill by week's end.

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  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Nov 28, 2011 at 12:24 PM
    Here is a link to what Wayne said. Yes, even here in the U.S. and in the future, who is to say anyone who says something unflattering about the government or an official would not be classified in a way to qualify them for arrest and detention without warrant by the military. Smacks of how things are done in Red China, Venezuela, Cuba, and a few other places. Not here in America? Think again, an innocent man was just shot 22 times by a SWAT team in California when he thought his home was being invaded - which it was. The "invaders" did not serve him with a search warrant, they just started yelling and smashed their way in.
  • by Bill Location: CS-Skyway on Nov 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    Doesn't everyone know the USA is now the worlds police force? Obama just sent 2,500 American soldiers to Northern Australia to "frighten" the Chines. He also sent 1,000 American soldiers into Central Africa over ONE MONTH AGO. It doesn't surprise me these aren't reported as important by the liberal media.
  • by Wayne on Nov 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM
    From what I've read of this thing elsewhere, we should all be very afraid. Supposedly it designates the entire world as a battlefield for the war on terror, and allows the military to go anywhere to detain anyone - indefinitely if desired. That would include anywhere in the US, even private residence.
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      by Trons on Nov 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM in reply to Wayne
      Agreed Wayne. It gives the Military the authority to arrest Americans without a warrant or probable cause, and detain indefinitely. Using the Military against Americans as a Law Enforcement tool is blatantly unconstitutional, to say the least. This bill is terrifying, or should be, to all freedom loving Americans. They just keep tightening the screws...
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