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Goodlatte Amendment to Protect Rights of U.S. Citizens Passes House

Location: Washington, DC

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte today offered an amendment to H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014, which further protects the rights of U.S. citizens by ensuring that in any habeas proceedings for U.S. citizens apprehended in the U.S., the burden of proof is on the government, not the citizen. The Goodlatte Amendment passed by a bipartisan vote

"Last year I was pleased to support an amendment which reaffirmed the rights of U.S. citizens when detained on U.S. soil. This amendment made great strides in ensuring our citizens receive the fullest protection guaranteed under our Constitution. Today I offered an amendment to further that protection by ensuring that if a U.S. citizen is detained, the burden is on the government to prove by clear and convincing evidence that the individual is indeed a terrorist instead of the burden being on the U.S. citizen to prove that they are not a terrorist. This amendment, which passed with bipartisan support, should alleviate any of the well founded concerns of the American people concerning the possibility of indefinite detention of U.S. citizens."

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