Indefinite Detention for Everyone?

Earlier today I left messages for Senators Menendez and Lautenberg of NJ. I have serious concerns about the National Defense Authorization Act.

1. There is a provision that gives the President unlimited power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. This means anyone of us too. I asked them to support Senator Udall’s amendment to strike these provisions.

2. I asked them to oppose an amendment being put forth by Senator Ayottee that will allow harsh and aggressive interrogation tactics, the kind I would not want any of our soldiers to face. We can’t expect our troops not to be tortured if we torture, not to mention that it is wrong and tramples on our commitment to human rights.

3. I hope they support an amendment from Senator Shaheen that will allow women who have experienced rape or incest to receive full coverage from their insurance for abortions. Right now they would have to pay for it themselves. That is crazy.

Call your Senator. Follow this link to find their contact info.

The Act is up for debate and vote today or tomorrow.

Here is a link that talks about the indefinite detention aspect of the act.

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About Michael T. McPhearson

Currently Michael is executive director of Veterans For Peace and co-chair of the Don't Shoot Coalition, A Saint Louis based coalition that formed in the aftermath of Michael Brown's police killing death in Ferguson, MO. From August 2010 to September 2013, Michael worked as the National Coordinator with United For Peace and Justice. He is a former board member of Veterans For Peace and as well as Executive Director from 2005 to 2010. He works closely with the Newark based People’s Organization for Progress and the Saint Louis centered Organization for Black Struggle. Michel also publishes the expressing his views on war and peace, politics, human rights, race and other things. Michael also launched website as an effort to change the discourse and ignite a new conversation about Dr. Martin Luther King’s message and what it means to live in just and peaceful communities.