ACLU slams Proposed Rigell Bill in Letter to Congress

From the Letter:

April 16, 2012

RE: Oppose the Proposed Rigell Bill on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Detention Provisions; Proposed Rigell Bill Provides No New Protections and May Cause Harm

Dear Representative:

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) strongly urges you to refrain from cosponsoring--and oppose if offered--the inaccurately titled Right to Habeas Corpus Act, which Congressmen Scott Rigell has drafted and circulated for cosponsorship. The proposed bill is in fact useless and provides no new protections. Instead, the proposed bill could cause confusion over who the writ of habeas corpus protects. It also could deflect support away from better legislation that would effectively reinforce the prohibition against any president using the military to imprison persons in the United States indefinitely without charge or trial.

The proposed Rigell bill reflects either a misunderstanding of the concerns raised across the country during the debate on the indefinite detention provisions in last year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) or a misunderstanding of the writ of habeas corpus. The result is a draft bill that does not fix anything and could cause some harm. 

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