Update: The Senate has passed the defense authorization bill by a vote of 93-7. According to CNN, as passed the measure includes language that supposedly clarifies the bill's intent with regard to indefinite detention of American citizens. "Senators ultimately reached an agreement to amend the bill to make clear it's not the bill's intent to allow for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens and others legally residing in the country," CNN said.
CNN also quoted the bill's sponsor, Senator Levin, who said the amended language "would provide the assurance that we are not adversely affecting the rights of American citizens in this language."
Does the U.S. Senate want the military to lock you up if you’ve ever criticized the government?
The answer to that unfortunate question might very well be “yes,” under language included in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal year 2012.
The alarming language of the measure comes under the heading “Affirmation of Authority of the Armed Forces of the United States to Detain Persons Pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force."
(a) In General- Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40) includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons (as defined in subsection (b)) pending disposition under the law of war.