Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hello, Police State.

The President signed NDAA last night.

 from the ACLU's press release:
“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.”
This is seriously fucked. The Obama administration sought to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in the U.S. court system to show the world how good and just our legal system is. Now he has signed a bill that allows U.S. citizens to be detained indefinitely 'until the end of hostilities', if they are suspected of aiding terrorist agencies. Why is our court system good enough for foreign combatants, but not good enough for home grown terror suspects?

This was a very undemocratic act. The president deserves to get nailed hard for this in both the media and his poll numbers. This is his Alien and Sedition Act.

PS: The republican presidential candidates are no better on this issue. The only one to come out against NDAA was Ron Paul.


from a piece at Daily Kos:
"A presidential statement accompanying the bill signing says the administration will interpret and implement some parts of the law in way that gives counterterrorism officials flexibility and upholds the nation's values."
Oh, Christ. I didn't think I could be made to feel less comfortable with this legislation, but I was wrong. Any time the 'nation's values' are invoked, you know a good forced sodomizing is on the way.

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