TORTURE IS A MORAL ISSUE
Despite significant opposition from groups across the political spectrum (far left to far right) and a concerted effort by those of us in the faith community, Senate and House negotiators have drafted a final version of the National Defense Authorization Act that includes specific authorization for the use of long-term indefinite detention without trial. The same bill also includes provisions that will make it more difficult to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Both supporters and opponents of these provisions have argued that the bill would allow for the indefinite detention without trial of American citizens captured in the United States who are suspected of an affiliation with terrorism.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is on the verge of passing Congress with these provisions intact. The only way to stop these provisions from becoming law is for President Obama to veto the bill. He has previously threatened to veto it – now it is time for him to follow through.
Please contact the President and tell him that you support his vetoing the NDAA.
If you use Twitter, please Tweet: @whitehouse No indefinite detention; no Guantanamo: #VetoNDAA https://bit.ly/tvLNUi @NRCATtweets
If you can, please call President Obama at 202-456-1111. You can say something like:
“Hello. I’m _______ from _______. I am a supporter of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and I am calling to ask President Obama to veto the National Defense Authorization Act. I don’t think that we should pass legislation allowing indefinite detention or making it harder to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.”
Thank you for contacting President Obama. A presidential veto is the last opportunity to stop this dangerous legislation.
Linda Gustitus, President
Rev. Richard L. Killmer, Executive Director