Monday, March 26, 2012

HR 3702




A BILL

    To clarify that an authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority shall not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “Due Process Guarantee Act of 2011”.
SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON THE INDEFINITE DETENTION OF CITIZENS AND LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENTS.
Section 4001 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by redesignating subsection (b) as subsection (c); and

(2) by inserting after subsection (a) the following:
“(b)(1) An authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority shall not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States apprehended in the United States, unless an Act of Congress expressly authorizes such detention.
“(2) Paragraph (1) applies to an authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority enacted before, on, or after the date of the enactment of the Due Process Guarantee Act of 2011”..”.


The bill is currently before the house Judiciary committee.  The members of this committee are listed here;  http://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/HSJU  By clicking on the picture of each member, you can find the website address, and thus contact info for each member.  If you do not have a congressman on this committee, do contact your Representative, and urge them to get this bill passed!!!

Monday, March 12, 2012