Veto the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012
We implore the Obama Administration to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the Fiscal Year 2012 (S. 1867). Several provisions of the bill pose a direct threat to the civil liberties of Americans by authorizing the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial or access to legal counsel, with the mere suspicion of terrorism as justification. These provisions, which undermine several fundamental protections granted by the U.S. Constitution, are applicable to American citizens detained on U.S. soil, essentially redefining America as "part of the battlefield" in the war on terror. This bill also threatens essential principles of the Bill of Rights, as acts previously protected by freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of peaceful assembly and so forth, can now be considered acts of terrorism and thus grounds for detainment, interrogation, imprisonment, and even death. On November 29, 2011, by a vote of 61 to 37, the United States Senate defeated an attempt to remove several controversial provisions from the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). We strongly and sincerely urge President Obama to exercise his authority to veto the National Defense Authorization Act.