Civil rights groups slam Obama bill that lets military indefinitely detain terror suspects without trial… including U.S. citizens

  • Controversial $662bn bill signed by Obama on Saturday
  • Condemned as ‘dangerous’ and ‘blight on his legacy’
  • Obama raised ‘serious reservations’ about detention

Mark Duell
Daily Mail [UK]
1st January 2012

Civil rights groups today voiced major concern over a defence bill allowing the military to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism.

The $662billion bill was signed by Barack Obama on Saturday despite his ‘serious reservations’ and pledging he would not support that element.

But human rights advocates said the bill is a ‘blight on his legacy’ and ‘dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations’.

‘Obama will go down in history as the President who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in U.S. law,’ a Human Rights Watch spokesman said.

The American Civil Liberties Union is ‘incredibly disappointed’ but will see what the Supreme Court rules on the ‘scope of detention authority’.

‘The statute can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield,’ an ACLU spokesman added.

Civil rights advocates are worried the bill will help the military detain and interrogate U.S. citizens and non-citizens, reported the Washington Post.

Disappointment: Human rights advocates said the bill is a 'blight on his legacy' and 'dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations'

 

The article continues at The Daily Mail.

Update: Obama Demanded Protection of Citizens be Removed from NDAA; Obama Announces he Can Imprison Anyone He Chooses… If he Chooses

…We have now reached the end of the road as a free country.  As never before, only two choices now remain We-the-People:  “If we refuse to rise up and fight, we’ll be forced to lie down and die.”

“And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable”–Isaiah 3:5…

Update 2:  Arrogant Islamists Presume National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Is Just About Arresting Muslims

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