WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today opposed an amendment offered by U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) to S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. The amendment, that sought to remove the bill’s detainee provisions, failed to pass the U.S. Senate by a vote of 37-61.
“The defeat of Senator Udall’s amendment is a victory for our national security,” said Inhofe. “We have been at war for the past ten years, and we continue to capture terrorists. The bi-partisan detainee provisions included in this bill ensure that we have a safe place to hold them—Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It also provides for the detention of terrorists captured in the United States like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called “Christmas Day Bomber,” while providing strong protections for the fundamental rights of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants to habeas corpus. The Obama administration’s objections to the provisions are politically motivated. They simply codify current policy while protecting U.S. citizens and our military. The Udall amendment to strike these provisions was met with strong bi-partisan disagreement, because it would have hurt our national security.”
Inhofe continued, “Since 9-11, we have thwarted 43 attacks against the homeland, including one just last month. I am committed to giving our military the tools they need to continue keeping us safe here at home while also protecting the constitutionally mandated rights of U.S. citizens.”