The bill could come to a vote as early as today, according to a bulletin issued by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The legislation “goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans,”
the ACLU statement said, describing the bill as having moved toward
passage while most Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving and a long
holiday weekend for millions of U.S. workers. “The Senate will be voting
on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy
shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and
other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United
States itself,” the ACLU warned.
Labeled the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 1867 was drafted in secret by Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and approved in a closed-door committee meeting, according to the ACLU statement.