04 1 / 2012
01 1 / 2012
Raw Story: The human rights group Amnesty International blasted President Barack Obama for signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on New Year’s Eve.
The $662 billion defense spending bill contained highly controversial provisions regarding the military detention of terrorism suspects. While signing the bill, Obama issued a signing statement — a controversial way for the president to circumvent Congress’ intent — in which he pledged that the new laws would not violate Americans’ constitutional rights.
But Amnesty said the signing statement was not enough.
Obama pledges to exempt Americans from indefinite detention law
Raw Story: President Barack Obama signed on New Year’s Eve a bill that gives the military authority to detain American citizens indefinitely and without criminal charge, breaking with the stroke of a pen one of his many campaign promises, even as he pledged that the new powers the bill grants will not be applied to U.S. citizens.
The provision was just one part of a massive $662 billion defense spending authorization that funds the military, penalizes Iran’s central bank and freezes military aid to Pakistan, among other things.
The president’s opponents in Congress, including some Democrats, attached the indefinite detention provision to force the administration to either accept a much heavier load of terrorism suspects, many who would be heading to the Guantanamo Bay military prison, or veto the bill and stand accused of opposing funds for the troops.
15 12 / 2011
December 15, 2011
Sign our petition asking Sen. Franken why - http://act.ly/57zSenator Carl Levin explained on the senate floor today that President Barack Obama insisted on indefinite detentions of U.S. citizens in the defense authorization act. Cenk Uygur discusses just how wrong this decision was. Read more: http://rt.com/usa/news/obama-detention-defense-levin-635/