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Published May 18, 2012, 09:10 AM

House OKs indefinite definition of terror suspects

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has backed indefinite detention without trial of terrorist suspects, even for U.S. citizens seized on American soil.

By: DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has backed indefinite detention without trial of terrorist suspects, even for U.S. citizens seized on American soil.

The Republican-controlled House rejected an amendment that would have barred indefinite detention of suspected terrorists without charge or trial and rolled back mandatory military custody. The vote was 238-182.

A coalition of Democrats and tea party lawmakers argued the current law gives the government extraordinary authority to enter people's homes, seize them and hold them indefinitely.

The vote Friday came as the House pushed to finish a $642 billion defense budget for next year.

The White House has threatened to veto the legislation, as Republicans made wholesale changes in President Barack Obama's budget proposal.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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