WASHINGTON D.C. – Yesterday, the Senate overwhelmingly passed an amendment sponsored by Sens. Mike Lee and Dianne Feinstein that protects Americans from indefinite detention.
By a vote of 67 to 29, the amendment made to the National Defense Authorization Act insures that American citizens and permanent legal residents apprehended on American soil will be charged and have access to a trial.
The legislation was the result of more than a year of collaboration by the California Democrat and Utah Republican in an effort to protect Americans’ due process rights.
“I am pleased to see a large bipartisan majority of the Senate support basic protections for all Americans,” Lee said after the vote. “Once again we prove that increasing security does not have to result in diminished liberty. Today we have reaffirmed our constitutional values and shown we are committed to being both free and safe.”
Signed copy of the Amendment as passed: Feinstein-Lee Amendment to NDAA passed Nov. 29, 2012
Submitted by the offices of Sen. Mike Lee
UPDATED 10:51 a.m. to include copy of the Amendment, as provided by Emily Bennion, press secretary to Sen. Mike Lee. Note that the NDAA bill itself, as amended by this Amendment, has yet to pass. The legislative process continues.
Related report, include video of Lee’s address to the Senate: Feinstein, Lee introduce Amendment to NDAA to protect civil liberties.