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Article posted Jan 01 2012, 7:55 AM Category: Politics/Corruption Source: ACLU.org Print

President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Into Law

by Amanda Simon, The American Civil Liberties Union

"I disagree with everything in this bill, that's why I'm signing it into law." - SchmobamaPresident Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today, allowing indefinite detention to be codified into law. As you know, the White House had threatened to veto an earlier version of the NDAA but reversed course shortly before Congress voted on the final bill. While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration would use it and would not affect how the law is interpreted by subsequent administrations.

The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.

Under the Bush administration, similar claims of worldwide detention authority were used to hold even a U.S. citizen detained on U.S. soil in military custody, and many in Congress now assert that the NDAA should be used in the same way again. The ACLU believes that any military detention of American citizens or others within the United States is unconstitutional and illegal, including under the NDAA. In addition, the breadth of the NDAA’s detention authority violates international law because it is not limited to people captured in the context of an actual armed conflict as required by the laws of war.

We are extremely disappointed that President Obama signed this bill even though his administration is already claiming overly-broad detention authority in court. Any hope that the Obama administration would roll back those claims dimmed today. Thankfully we have three branches of government, and the final word on the scope of detention authority belongs to the Supreme Court, which has yet to rule on the scope of detention authority. But Congress and the president also have a role to play in cleaning up the mess they have created because no American citizen or anyone else should live in fear of this or any future president misusing the NDAA’s detention authority.

The ACLU will fight worldwide detention authority wherever we can, be it in court, in Congress, or internationally.





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Nunya Bizness

Posted: Jan 01 2012, 4:31 PM

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If anyone requires any further proof that America is a police state, please do your country a favor and kill yourself.

That is all.


This Is The End Of Liberty!

Posted: Jan 02 2012, 1:31 PM

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69208 This is the most tyrannical piece of legislation ever signed in the history of the USA! The US Constitution means absolutely nothing from this point forward! Oh, what a free and mighty nation we once were!
Anonymous

Posted: Jan 02 2012, 2:43 PM

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9517 I can't bring myself around to this hyperthetical NWO stuff.

Perhaps I'm missing something.



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