Obama, NDAA, and Indefinite Detention


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The lesser of two evils? Or the evil of two lessers? Do Liberals have a breaking point? Last year, the obscene National Defense Authorization Act allocating hundreds of billions in military spending attempted to embed the federal DREAM Act but the legislation never made it to President Obama‘s desk as Know Nothings (including 5 crucial Senate Democrats) shot it down before it had a chance to fly. In a measure of the political pulse of the nation, the xenophobia back then was much more palpable than the outcry now over dangerous infringements to civil liberties included in this year’s NDAA.

Obama campaigned on closing Guantanamo Bay (which he has, of course, failed to do) but that didn’t mean he had problems with the notion of indefinite detention itself. Instead, he is poised to codify it. With a stoke of a pen looming, there is absolutely no reason to entertain the notion of supporting President Obama’s re-election bid. None. Any apologist justification would inevitably and sadly end up like the one in the video below.

“It’s muddled whether it applies to U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, but it’s clearly indefinite detention” constitutional law attorney Glenn Greenwald says of the NDAA “and there’s a very strong case to make that it includes U.S. citizens, as well, which, as we know, the Obama administration already claims anyway, and that’s what makes it so dangerous.” Human Rights Watch has released a condemnation with Executive Director Kenneth Roth stating, “By signing this defense spending bill, President Obama will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial.”

In 1950, Harry Truman vetoed the Internal Security Act. Congress overrode it. In regards to the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2012, they won’t even have to.


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