We thought the NDAA was fixed. We thought we had won the fight. Between a court injunction and the hard work of Senators Mike Lee and Rand Paul to pass the Feinstein-Lee Amendment, we thought that the issue of indefinite detention of US citizens without trial had been laid to rest and that the NDAA was finally fixed. We saw the bill pass the Senate and celebrated a major legislative victory.
Then it went to a conference committee chaired by John McCain which was tasked with reconciling the House and Senate versions, and despite all good sense and the cries of the people, the final version which will be voted on by both Houses on Thursday has had the strong language against indefinite detention taken out of it and replaced with redundant and watered down platitudes.
At this point the only viable course of action is to tell the House and Senate to vote down the bill and insist that it go back to committee and have the Lee-Feinstein Amendment wording restored to protect the rights of our citizens against unprecedented abuses of their most fundamental rights.
The big challenge here is that both houses will vote on the bill sometime Thursday, so you need to take action right now. Use the handy tool below to email your Senators and Representative and tell them you want them to stand up for liberty and the Constitution and vote down the conference committee version of the NDAA and send it back to be fixed.
John McCain is the Chairman of the Conference Committee. He’s the one who put indefinite detention back in the bill. In addition to emailing, take a few minutes to call him and tell him what you think of Republicans who don’t believe in the rule of law and the Constitution at (202) 224-2235.
Make sure to customize the language of the email to make it unique and in your own words.