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Due Process Guarantee Act 2011 due on Senate floor in January

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Immediately following the Senate's passage of S. 1253, the National Defense Authorization Act 2012 (and upon the defeat of four amendments that would have preserved intact the civil liberties protections guaranteed by the Bill of Rights) Senators Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Mark Udall (CO) agreed to co-sponsor a bill to re-instate those protections. The bill, entitled the Due Process Guarantee Act 2011, is being written in committee and will be submitted for a vote in the Senate in January of 2012. According to Senator Udall's office, the bill will guarantee that no American citizen can be subjected to indefinite detention without charge and will guarantee a trial by jury in a civilian court of justice. The bill is modeled on the amendments to the NDAA originally offered by both senators. A mass phone drive to representatives will be needed to convince Republicans that Americans will not agree to live in a country without guaranteed civil liberties. Stay tuned.
For an understanding of the indefinite detention clauses of the NDAA, see Glenn Greenwald's detailed explanantion here:
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Lila York is a choreographer and activist. She has traded the markets since 1990.

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