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Thank Rep. Hurt for Having Voted No: Thursday, December 15, Noon, Robert Hurt's Charlottesville Office
UPDATE 2: Rep. Hurt's staff on the phone in Washington says he voted no precisely for the reason we raised, concern over the provision of the power to lock people away without a trial. Let's thank him. Let's ask him to urge a veto, and to introduce legislation to undo this if a veto is not forthcoming.
Here's what was changed in the bill by the conference committee that satisfied Obama but not the Bill of Rights.
The National Defense Authorization Act, if it becomes law, will allow the U.S. president and military to lock you or anyone else up indefinitely without charge or trial. President Obama had threatened to veto, because he wanted even more power than that. He wanted the power to imprison or murder anyone with or without the military. The conference committee has modified the bill to accomodate him. Now the bill goes to the President for a signature, a veto, or -- as long as we're trashing the Constitution anyway -- a possible law-altering signing statement.
This bill is a direct assault on the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth amendments, (plus Article III, Section 3). That's the majority of our Bill of Rights. Thursday, December 15th is Bill of Rights Day. Here's how we can celebrate:
Be at Congressman Hurt's office at noon to thank him for having voted "No" (and to ask why he did, and to request that he appeal to the President to veto).
This is part of a national effort and there is more information available at http://bordc.org/ndaa