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Tell the U.S. Senate: Defend My Right to Trial, Amend the NDAA

"[W]e must not sacrifice this most fundamental right in pursuit of greater security, especially when we can achieve security without compromising liberty." - Sen. Mike Lee

The Feinstein-Lee amendment passed 67-29 on Thursday, November 29, 2012. In the event you want to send a letter of thanks or regret to your Senators, we have kept this live. However, please edit the text of your letter so that it reflects the amendment's passage.

A note of clarification on what the amendment accomplished can be found here.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would protect American citizens from being indefinitely detained. The amendment, which is cosponsored by several other Republican and Democratic senators, uses essentially the same language as the Due Process Guarantee Act, which Feinstein and Lee introduced last year. The language of the amendment assures that no authorization to use military force, war declaration, or any similar authority would allow an American apprehended in the United States to be held without charge or trial.

During a discussion of their amendment on the Senate floor, September 28, 2012, Sen. Lee said, “Senator Feinstein and I have worked closely together over the course of the past year to craft what we believe represents a very prudent course in protecting both our nation and our liberties at the same time. Security is important, and precisely because it’s important, it must not be acquired at the expense of our individual liberty. It may well be said that government’s most important basic responsibility is to protect the liberties of its citizens. Our nation has fought wars on American soil and around the world in defense of individual liberty. And we must not sacrifice this most fundamental right in pursuit of greater security, especially when we can achieve security without compromising liberty. The Feinstein-Lee amendment does precisely that.

“We must stand behind our 225-year-old founding document as it’s been amended to ensure our liberty isn’t taken away from us, to give us a path to providing for our security without jeopardizing the freedom that our American citizens cherish so much and have fought so hard and so long to protect. Granting the United States government the power to deprive its own citizens of life, liberty, or property without full due process of law goes against the very nature of our nation’s great constitutional values. This amendment, the Feinstein-Lee amendment, protects those values.”

On the floor, Sen. Feinstein explained, “I want to be very clear about what this amendment is and what it’s not about. It’s not about whether citizens such as [Yaser Esam] Hamdi and [Jose] Padilla or others who would do us harm should be captured, interrogated, incarcerated and severely punished. They should be. But what about an innocent American? What about someone in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong skin color?

The beauty of our Constitution is that it gives everyone in the United States basic due process rights to a trial by a jury of their peers. That is what makes this nation great. As Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote for the plurality in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, ‘[A]s critical as the government’s interest may be in detaining those who actually pose an immediate threat to the national security of the United States during ongoing international conflict, history and common sense teach us that an unchecked system of detention carries the potential to become a means for oppression and abuse of others who do not present that sort of threat.’

“The federal government experimented with indefinite detention of United States citizens during World War II, a mistake we now recognize as a betrayal of our core values. Let’s not repeat it.”

Take Action with Conservative Action Alerts -- Sign the Petition and Message Government! Demand your U.S. Senator to SUPPORT the Feinstein-Lee Amendment to the NDAA and Defend the Right to Trial!

Source: Feinstein, Lee Introduce Amendment to Protect Civil Liberties

Public Comments
Sep 10th, 2013
Robert L. from Old Hickory, TN signed.
Jul 15th, 2013
James S. from Muncie, IN writes:
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I thought the constitution was more than s suggestion list. Maybe not!!!
Jul 15th, 2013
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Apr 30th, 2013
Wayne D. from Melbourne, FL writes:
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NDAA amounts to no less than a treasonable act by every member of every political party in America today, it is a disgrace and a shame that people we voted in to take care of us and this country has turned into traitors and want to be dictators
Apr 16th, 2013
James R. from Bloomington, IL writes:
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This is a no brainer, why would we give are rights up to you or the UN? This will never be with out one hell of a war and we the people would win we know why you want to take our 2nd amendment eights and your agenda for NWO this will be broke up and those who push this treasonous agenda shall be dealt with.Your Games are over.
Apr 16th, 2013
Don C. from Pasco, WA writes:
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And while you are at it, revoke the Patriot Act!
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04/06/2103 During past guardianship, my sister Beverley and I were shuffled to 16-judges and silenced. After years of abuse at Barclay Condominium of Newton, a civil action was filed by Pidge, B. Finnegan, and Magda Lopez including 100 exhibits to present to a jury trial. Three more judges ruled behind closed doors, case now under appeal. Emergency motions (Middlesex Superior Court) were denied, served-summons to Mayor Setti Warren and Attorney Lila Roberts (MCAD) was quashed, oppositions were never heard or ruled on, and dealing with more abuse at the appellate court. Four more judges (JCA) denied EM’s and now being (again) targeted by the IRS. This agency is purposely withholding my tax refund. Senator Elizabeth Warren's staff (Reg. Director Norm Birenbaum) promised to call the IRS folks to release my tax refund (and would meet to deal with corruption charges including threats by the FBI). Requests to the Appeals court to assign a federal prosecutor to case continue to be denied. Assistant Clerk Patty C. Malone is also involved in this cover-up and refuses to meet and provide a statement. No official across the commonwealth will meet /provide constituent services to my sister Beverley Finnegan and me. President Barack Obama assigned Chief Justice Jonathan M. Smith, Attorney Laura Welp (abruptly vacated) and others to probe corruption charges against Attorney General Martha Coakley and others accused in this growing conspiracy. Who do we turn to for help? Sincerely, Janet Pidge
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