In the interest of accuracy and full disclosure, I need to report that the following amendment to the National Defense Appropriations bill (S. 1867) was approved Dec. 1 by a vote of 99-1:
SA 1456. Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself, Mr. Levin and Mr. Durbin)
proposed an amendment to the bill S. 1867, to authorize appropriations
for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of
Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the
Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such
fiscal year, and for other purposes; as follows:
On p. 360, between lines 21 and 22 [Section 1032], insert the following:
(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect
existing law or authorities, relating to the detention of United States
citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States or any other
persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.
The lone dissenter was Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona). This is good news, but we need to remain vigilant. My post yesterday remains true enough. Still makes me want to rethink going to Canada next summer...