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Udall Amendment protects our rights as citizens

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Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 12:00 am

The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.

The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president "and every future president" the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. I know it sounds incredible. New powers to use the military worldwide, even within the United States?

The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military, and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself. The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill.

The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz., and passed in a closed-door committee meeting without even a single hearing. The senators pushing the indefinite detention proposal have made their goals very clear that they want a worldwide military battlefield that even extends to your hometown. That is an extreme position that will forever change our country.

Now is the time to stop this bad idea. Please urge your senators to vote YES on the Udall Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

Andrew Liebich

Lodi

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