Dear Senator Webb,
Thank you for your detailed response. I should say you are the only one I have corresponded with who has provided one, and I have corresponded with all of my Congressmen as well as the White House. I am puzzled that, regardless of your concerns, you voted for this bill. The indefinite detention of US citizens without the right to trial or judicial review of their status because they are suspected throws our rights out the window. This is more than dangerous.† It is inconceivable that such legislation could be viewed as consistent with the Constitution. Yet you voted for it despite your concerns. This is a sad day for
Harold R. Gielow
LtCol USMC (ret)
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Subject: Senator Jim Webb's Response to Your Message.
Lieutenant Colonel Harold Richard Gielow, Sr.
Dear Mr. Gielow:
Thank you for contacting my office regarding sections in the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1867) pertaining to the authority and conditions under which the Armed Forces of the United States may detain suspects. I appreciate your sharing your views with me on this important matter.
share your concerns with these provisions. There are serious constitutional
issues at play regarding broadly-defined military operations inside the
It is for this reason that I cosponsored an amendment introduced by Senator Udall which would have stripped these provisions from the bill, and instead require a joint report from the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Attorney General regarding the appropriate role of the Armed Forces of the United States in detention and prosecution. Unfortunately, this amendment was defeated by a vote of 38-60.
As your representative in the Senate and in my role on the Senate Armed Services Committee, please be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the Senate continues to debate military detention policy. Your correspondence helps me serve you better in the Senate. I hope that you will continue to share your views with me and my staff in the future.
would also invite you to visit my website at www.webb.senate.gov for regular updates
about my activities and positions on matters that are important to
Thank you once again for contacting my office.
United States Senator