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Udall helps block new military detention powers

Civil liberties versus anti-terror powers

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Sen. Mark Udall once again was a stalwart advocate for civil liberties this week as the U.S. Senate voted for an unprecedented expansion of military police power as part of the National Defense Authorization Act — all in the name of fighting terror.

According to military officials and national security experts some of the provisions included in the spending bill would give the military the power to indefinitely detain accused enemy combatants — including Americans captured on U.S. soil. You can watch Sen. Udall speak at the hearing here.

The changes were added without consulting the Department of Defense or the law enforcement community, and they could amount to an unprecedented expansion of military power inside the United States.

Udall offered an amendment that would have removed some of the most egregious provisions, saying they could  damage the nation’s ability to combat terrorism and weaken  national security by limiting the flexibility of government to combat terrorism.

According to Udall, the provisions could rebuilding walls between agencies that prevent communication, reversing 1o years of progress on  improving cooperation between military, intelligence and civilian law enforcement officials.

“When considering matters of national security and civil liberties, we simply cannot afford to rush to failure,” Udall wrote on his website. “We need to hear from the military professionals who would carry out these provisions before we make them law. I urge my colleagues to pass my amendment to the NDAA, and give this issue the consideration it deserves.”

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2 Responses

  1. Wasn’t this amendment voted down? It seems that various reports said it was! Also, the wording from said reporting seemed to be a confusing analogy of what the bill said and . . . . . . . . . . . . well, if it was voted down, why post it?

    • Ya got me. Definitely not the best article I’ve written, but posted because I wanted to show there’s this ongoing battle between people who seem to think they can make us safer by moving us closer to a police state, and a handful of others who seem to realize that if we give up civil liberties, we lose — everything.

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