Ask them to vote FOR the Udall Amendment and AGAINST the Ayotte Amendment to the NDAA 2012.
This evening, the Senate will begin voting on the National
Defense Authorization Act 2012 (NDAA). They will decide whether to make
permanent the indefinite detention of individuals, which may include
American citizens—without charge or trial. The Senate will also
vote to authorize mandatory military custody of individuals, including
legal US residents. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has made clear that
mandatory military custody limits US ability to fight terrorism.
The Udall Amendment would strike these NDAA provisions.
The Senate will also decide whether we should roll back the
protections against torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment,
and allow interrogation techniques outside the Army Field Manual, which
should be the gold standard. General David Petraeus, current Director
of the CIA, believes such enhanced interrogation techniques are
ineffective and wrong; however, the Ayotte Amendment would codify this roll-back and allow such techniques.
Please call your senators and tell them to stand up for due process and liberty for all. Please ask your senators to vote FOR the Udall Amendment (A. No. 1107), which strikes down these disastrous detainee provisions, and AGAINST
the Ayotte Amendment (A. No. 1068), which authorizes enhanced
Physicians for Human Rights documented in the 2011 report, Punishment Before Justice: Indefinite Detention in the US,
medical literature provides convincing evidence that the indeterminacy
of an indefinite detention creates a degree of uncertainty,
unpredictability, and uncontrollability that causes severe harms in
The progress of social justice is slow and measured. Its growth depends on an increasing number of us becoming aware of the truth and consequences of our actions.
I believe that it is morally wrong to allow our wanton desires to interfere with the basic needs and interests of other sentient beings.
I believe the physical and psychological abuse – confinement, social deprivation, mutilation, genetic and reproductive manipulation, and profit exploitation – imposed by us on other animals is morally wrong.
I believe the suggestion that the exploitation of other sentient beings by humans can be achieved without cruelty, violence, or injustice is false and misleading.
As an advocate for all life, committed to compassion and justice, I refuse to take part in the exploitation of other sentient beings or to collaborate with those caught up in such injustice.
I pledge to do my best to live a life that conveys a clear, sincere and uncompromised message that is free of resentment, fear, exploitation, anger, cynicism, and manipulation.
Furthermore, I pledge to continue to support a broad range of nonviolent initiatives and programs that will hopefully one day eliminate the needless pain and suffering we inflict upon all the many wonderful creatures with whom we share this planet.