Senate Votes To Let Military Detain Americans Indefinitely, White House Threatens Veto
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a controversial provision to let the military detain terrorism suspects on U.S. soil and hold them indefinitely without trial -- prompting White House officials to reissue a veto threat.
The measure, part of the massive National Defense Authorization Act, was also opposed by civil libertarians on the left and right. But 16 Democrats and an independent joined with Republicans to defeat an amendment by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) that would have killed the provision, voting it down with 61 against, and 37 for it.
Backers of military detention of Americans -- a measure crafted by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) -- came out swinging against Udall's amendment on the Senate floor earlier Tuesday.
"The enemy is all over the world. Here at home. And when people take up arms against the United States and [are] captured within the United States, why should we not be able to use our military and intelligence community to question that person as to what they know about enemy activity?" Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said.
"They should not be read their Miranda Rights. They should not be given a lawyer," Graham said. "They should be held humanely in military custody and interrogated about why they joined al Qaeda and what they were going to do to all of us."
A White House official said the administration stands by the veto threat. "We take this very, very seriously," the official said.
related: On Wednesday, lawmakers voted 88-12 to limit debate on the legislation, and looked to wrap up the bill by week's end.
The amendant to remove the "indefinite detention" clause was defeated 61-37. The Senate then voted 88-12 to limit debate and fast forward the bill toward passage.
As always both sides of the issue are controlled. Even if this bill falters, or even if it makes it to the White house and is vetoed, either way the underlying propaganda will still have done it's work. That work is the creation of the new paradigm of the idea of America now being a battlefield. This bill could fail but that idea will not be allowed to go away. It has been introduced to desensitize the collective mindset of the American public to believing any number of possible NWO destruction-USA boogie-man terrorist scenarios.
The so-called NWO - incredible how it is being built on an utterly false foundation. Stay tuned
Psalms 18:7 'Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth'