Indefinite Military Detention of U.S. Citizens Not Blocked By The Senate For The Second Time

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Michael McAuliff

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday blocked a second attempt to spare U.S. citizens from potential indefinite military detentions and was set to vote on a third effort to do the same later in the day.
Under a provision of the mammoth defense authorization bill, the military would be granted the authority to detain and hold anyone indefinitely if that individual is suspected of having ties to al Qaeda, including any American arrested in the United States.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, offered an amendment to curb the measure by specifying that it applied to suspects captured “abroad.” The amendment failed on a vote of 45 to 55. Feinstein was expected to get a vote later in the day onanother amendment that would explicitly exclude U.S. citizens from military detention.

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