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American Civil Liberties Protected

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Location: Washington, DC

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill filled with provisions by Congressman Jeff Landry (R, LA-03) that protect the Constitutional rights and civil liberties of American citizens.

Landry -- a Loyola Law School graduate, former practicing attorney, former sheriff's deputy, and former military police officer -- successfully added amendments to the NDAA that prohibit the use of information collected via drones by the Department of Defense to be used as evidence in a court of law without first having a warrant issued and that clarify the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act and the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to prevent the denial of habeas corpus or any Constitutional rights for persons detained in the United States under the AUMF who are entitled to such rights.

"After months of hard work, Senate testimony, legislation writing, and vote whipping -- I am proud to report the new NDAA allows us to fight and win the War on Terror without compromising American civil liberties," said Landry. "As a Constitutional conservative -- I am comforted my colleagues, in a bipartisan manner, joined me in passing this legislation. I hope the Senate will follow our lead in protecting our Constitutional rights."

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