By Alex Biles
An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that whould nullify a provision that critics claims makes the indefinite detention of Americans legal has gone up in flames; it was defeated by a House majority 238-182.
The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.).
The amendment was supported by 163 Democrats and 19 Republicans.
The move through the House takes away some of the steam gained by the opposition effort after a New York Judge ruled it unconstitutional on Wednesday, as noted by reporter Robert Johnson.
“The statute at issue places the public at undue risk of having their speech chilled for the purported protection from al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and ‘associated forces’ – i.e., ‘foreign terrorist organizations,’” Forrest said in an opinion yesterday.