‘He signed it. We’ll fight it.’

President Obama opened 2012 by signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. ACLU are concerned that “it contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision.”

“The dangerous new law can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield. He signed it. Now, we have to fight it wherever we can and for as long as it takes. Sign the ACLU’s pledge to fight worldwide indefinite detention for as long as it takes.” (ACLU)

The interpretOr would add that these concerns are legitimate and we only have to recall the practice of ‘Extraordinary Rendition’ that was a hallmark of the Bush/Cheney presidential era. Habeas Corpus denied again? What of the protections afforded by the Geneva Conventions?

That such sweeping legislation is enacted over a traditional ‘slow news’ holiday period further diminishes any semblance of honouring the public interest.

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