posted on Dec, 13 2012 @ 07:59 PM
What my senator sent me in a e-mail about why he voted for the NDAA.
Thank you for contacting me about my vote on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
The U.S. Senate recently passed the National Defense Authorization Act that included language to address the handling of terrorists and enemy
belligerents detained by the United States. Over recent years, there have been several proposals, including the Terrorist Detainees Procedures Act,
which would grant those detained as enemy belligerents for suspected terrorist acts against the United States the rights and privileges of American
citizens. I do not believe enemy belligerents have constitutional privileges, including access to federal courts to question our military authority
I supported the FY12 defense bill because I have great concerns about the possibility of allowing into the United States individuals who were and will
likely remain a threat to our homeland security. I believe the safety and security of our country depends upon allowing the military to pursue
options to maintain our security, including detaining and interrogating terrorists.
The Obama Administration has effectively created a false choice for dealing with terrorists captured overseas: either bring them to the United States
to be given the full constitutional rights available to U.S. citizens in our civilian court system or release them to return to the fight against the
United States. The detainee provisions of the FY12 defense bill (S. 1867), which were unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee,
would address this issue. Critics have launched several misleading arguments against these provisions. However, the practice of holding captured
terrorists in military detention is based in long historical practice, even back to George Washington, and the provisions in the 2012 defense bill are
supported by Supreme Court precedent, past practice, and common sense. Rest assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind as the U.S. Senate
considers legislation affecting the Guantanamo detainees.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about any other issue important