This is it!
For over a decade, we've watched the steady erosion of the Bill of Rights. The Executive Branch has accumulated vast powers of repression, aided and abetted by Congress. Together, we've fought the PATRIOT Act, warrantless wiretaps, extrajudicial killings, loosening of FBI guidelines, crackdowns on whistleblowers and dissenters, amnesty for torturers, and more, without much success. But late last year when the problematic detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) were signed into law, something in the country changed.
Activists on the left and right mobilized and fought back.
This is the moment to turn the tide and restore the Bill of Rights.
The House of Representatives will vote this week on a measure that will fix the problems caused by the 2012 NDAA detention provisions. It's called the Smith-Amash amendment, and it has a good chance of passing, if we can make enough phone calls and send enough emails!
Let your Representative know that you are fed up and won't take it anymore!
Here's the background:
The House will begin debate on Wednesday on the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Representatives Adam Smith (D-WA) and Justin Amash (R-MI) will offer an amendment that:
• Prohibits military detention and military trials for people seized in the U.S.
• Guarantees Due Process and the right to a civilian trial for any person detained in the U.S.
• Repeals a section of NDAA FY 12 that requires military custody for some terrorism suspects.
Make sure your voice counts: send an email and make a phone call. Your Representative's phone number will appear after you enter your zipcode. Just call and say you want your Rep. to support the Smith-Amash Amendment to the NDAA.
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