Senate votes to let military detain Americans indefinitely, White House threatens veto.

The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a controversial provision to…

The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a controversial provision to let the military detain terrorism suspects on U.S. soil and hold them indefinitely without trial — prompting White House officials to reissue a veto threat.

The measure, part of the massive National Defense Authorization Act, was also opposed by civil libertarians on the left and right. But 16 Democrats and an independent joined with Republicans to defeat an amendment by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) that would have killed the provision, voting it down with 61 against, and 37 for it.

“I’m very, very, concerned about having U.S. citizens sent to Guantanamo Bay for indefinite detention,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the Senate’s most conservative members.

Source: Michael McAuliff and Jennifer Bendery for Huffington Post.

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  • Matt in Oklahoma

    This aint right, there are already measures in place to deal with this issue. The White house is going to veto. Great he is going to make a decision that I agree with. Now i know things aint right!

  • jeff

    This is scary stuff. Look at the number of innocent Iraqi detanees that were put in Abu Graib or Guantanamo after being ratted out by a disgruntled relative or family enemy. We don’t need the US Govt sending people away on heresay and not getting to the actual charges until years later.