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Udall opposes detainee provisions in defense bill

Sen. Mark Udall.

Holding suspects indefinitely undermines civil liberties and national security

By Summit Voice

Mark Udall and 12 other Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees say they are opposed to detainee provisions in the defense spending bill that enables the U.S. Military to hold U.S. citizens accused of terrorism in military prisons indefinitely.

Read a white paper on the detainee provisions here.

The provisions also require the Department of Defense  to hold certain foreign terrorism suspects unless the Defense Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, issues a waiver that their release or transfer would be in the interest of national security. And the military would be required to indefinitely prohibit the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to certain countries, even if the detainee were determined to be innocent and not a threat. Continue reading

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