Urge President Obama to Veto Bill

Jamaica , New York: The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) has issued an urgent action alert to the American Muslim community urging it to ask President Obama to veto a bill that will allow for indefinite detention of US citizens.

The US Senate voted Tuesday in favor of a provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that will allow for US citizens accused of terrorist activity to be detained indefinitely and without a lawyer or trial. This bill will give permanent authority to the president to detain US citizens for life without formally charging them with a crime. This bill is archaic and dangerous, violating basic civil and human rights and completely disregarding the due process of law. We urge you to contact President Obama and local members of Congress to act against this bill and prevent it from becoming law. Our liberties and rights are at stake today, and we must act to protect them.

Contact President Obama: Call the President: (202) 456-1111

Email: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

Mail: The White House: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500

What to say: President Obama,

We ask that you fulfill your promise to uphold the US Constitution by vetoing the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Due process of law is our strength, and not our weakness. We say there can be no detention without a trial, and our freedom is non-negotiable. You must restore and protect the US Constitution and prevent this bill from uprooting the rights of American citizens.

Contact your state Senator:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Contact your local Representative:

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

What to say:

We ask that you contact President Obama and tell him to veto this bill as he has promised. Restore the due process of law; no one should be detained without charge or benefit of a lawyer and a fair trial.”

The Islamic Circle of North America is a leading American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through the promotion of Islamic values. Since 1968, ICNA has worked to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, social services and relief efforts.

 

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Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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