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Larsen Calls for Vote to Protect Civil Liberties, Prevent Indefinite Detention in Defense Bill

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Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today urged his colleagues to support legislation to enhance civil liberties and eliminate indefinite military detention. Larsen, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, called for a vote on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act authored by Reps. Adam Smith, WA-09, and Justin Amash, MI-03.

"The civil rights enshrined in our Constitution do not make us weaker--they make us stronger," Larsen said. "We must make sure that military detention in the name of national security is not abused at the expense of our civil rights. I strongly support the Smith-Amash amendment which would make sure that anyone detained on U.S. soil has the due process rights they are owed under the Constitution. It would also eliminate mandatory military detention and make sure that prosecutions of suspected terrorists are carried out in our federal courts rather than in military tribunals.

"I have faith in both our Constitution and our federal courts. We cannot let the threat of terrorists and criminals compromise our values. Indeed, we must show the world that our values stand strong in the face of those who would try to attack us."


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