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Hirono Laments Failure to End Indefinite Detention

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday (May 18) — such a busy day for the House! — voted against “an amendment to guarantee civilian trials for any terrorism suspect arrested in the United States.”

The vote was 238-182, with most Democrats (including Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono) voting in the minority. The Huffington Post has this article on the vote.

Press release quote from Hirono:

The guarantee of due process is one of the most fundamental rights in our country. Current law allowing the indefinite detention of an individual in America without charge or trial or requiring military custody is unacceptable. This is not due process. The amendment addressed these major constitutional problems.

—Chad Blair

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