Dear Curtis, You can call it “fixing” a problem, but it’s just another old trick from Congress — introducing bills for posturing, not progress.
Congressman Scott Rigell introduced a bill to “fix” the National Defense Authorization Act by ensuring no one in the United States will lose their habeas rights under the NDAA.
He wants the House of Representatives to vote on it within the next two weeks.
Sounds reasonable. Except the NDAA didn’t actually take away habeas rights from anyone.
What the NDAA did do was codify a dangerous law that allows the military to indefinitely detain civilians, without charge or trial, captured far from any traditional battlefield. That’s what Congress should focus on fixing.
Tell your member of Congress to fix a real problem: indefinite detention.
The question with the NDAA has never been whether habeas rights are lost. Instead, the question is whether and when any president can order the military to imprison a person without charge or trial.
The Rigell bill won’t stop any president from ordering the military lockup of civilians without charge or trial — it will just score political points.
Tell your member of Congress: We need real change for the NDAA and indefinite detention.
We’ve had enough slick tricks from Congress. We won’t be fooled. And we won’t let it stand. We want real solutions, not fake ones.
Thanks for taking action,
Chris Anders, ACLU
Senior Legislative Counsel
P.S. For more information about our opposition to the Rigell bill, read the letter that we recently sent to congressional offices.