U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, commends the amendments included last night during Senate floor votes on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY13. Inhofe voted in favor of both the Feinstein and Ayotte amendments.
"I am committed to protecting the Constitutional Rights of U.S. citizens, which is why I worked to include protections in last year's NDAA," said Inhofe. "While the Feinstein amendment is not perfect, it was the best vehicle available on the Senate floor to allow us to conference the bill's language with the House version. I will continue to ensure that the rights of Americans are protected."
While Senator Feinstein's amendment adds to the language of the Non Detention Act (NDA), 18 U.S.C. 4001, it does not alter its application to law-of-war detainees. The Feinstein amendment restates strong, constitutional protections for United States citizens without altering current, congressionally authorized war-time powers.
Regarding blocking the transfer of terrorist detainees the United States, Inhofe said, "Last night we also passed the Ayotte amendment that continues Congress' strong bipartisan position that terrorist detainees should not be transferred to American soil where they would be afforded legal rights reserved for our citizens -- not meant for enemy combatants. There are also serious cost and security concerns with any such transfer. Despite a veto threat from President Obama who is obsessed with closing GITMO, the Senate continued the legal prohibition of transferring terrorist detainees from GITMO to the US. GITMO continues to meet and exceed the highest international standards and is a fundamental part of protecting our deployed service members and citizens at home from the threat of terrorism. There is no superior alternative to GITMO."