There are many cases where I feel that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) fights to eliminate indiviudal rights as they tend to focus on rights of certain groups. Rarely, in fact, do I find myself on the same side as the ACLU. It seems 2012 may be the year of strange occurances.
“President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director. “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. The ACLU will fight worldwide detention authority wherever we can, be it in court, in Congress, or internationally.”
“Any hope that the Obama administration would roll back the constitutional excesses of George Bush in the war on terror was extinguished today. Thankfully, we have three branches of government, and the final word 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.”
President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act just yesterday, claiming that it had to be signed because it helps fund the military and renews “vital national security programs.”
“…while admitting he has “serious reservations with certain provisions” related to how suspected terrorists are held and questioned.
In a written statement, Mr. Obama makes clear he objects to sections in the National Defense Authorization Act that “regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists.”
Despite his objections, Mr. Obama says he signed the measure, known by its initials NDAA, because it authorizes needed funding to defend the nation, support the military and renew “vital national security programs.”
Among the provisions to which the president objects is a grant of permission for the indefinite military detention of terror suspects by the military.
Mr. Obama said he didn’t ask for such authority and doesn’t want it.”
(If you don’t want the authority, send the bill back, have them take it out, and don’t sign what they put in front of you!)
“As a candidate, Mr. Obama was critical of President George W. Bush for using “signing statements” as a way of seeking to circumvent the will of Congress. Mr. Obama said at the time that Pres Bush should have vetoed the bills and insisted on getting them re-written and re-enacted to his likening.”
As election season creeps closer, I’m sure his story will change again. It may be too late, however, for this lays out a scary possible future.
“But far more dramatically, the detention mandate to use indefinite military detention in terrorism cases isn’t limited to foreigners. It’s confusing, because two different sections of the bill seem to contradict each other, but in the judgment of the University of Texas’ Robert Chesney — a nonpartisan authority on military detention — “U.S. citizens are included in the grant of detention authority.”
“An amendment that would limit military detentions to people captured overseas failed on Thursday afternoon. The Senate soundly defeated a measure to strip out all the detention provisions on Tuesday.”
“So despite the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of a right to trial, the Senate bill would let the government lock up any citizen it swears is a terrorist, without the burden of proving its case to an independent judge, and for the lifespan of an amorphous war that conceivably will never end. And because the Senate is using the bill that authorizes funding for the military as its vehicle for this dramatic constitutional claim, it’s pretty likely to pass.”
“Weirder still, the bill’s chief architect, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), tried to persuade skeptics that the bill wasn’t so bad. His pitch? “The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States,” he said on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill would just letthe government detain a citizen in military custody, not force it to do that. Reassured yet?”
According to Rassmusen Reports and their email this morning, only 12% of Americans view New Years Day as the most important holiday… Now, however, many of us may celebrate New Years Day for something different. As the world wakes with a throbbing hangover, Americans have dropped the ball.