Obama administration fights to retain NDAA law's provisions
Aug 07, 2012
Obama administration fights to retain NDAA law's provisions allowing indefinite detention without trial:
Remember when President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act on December 31, 2011? He said in his speech:
I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists....
Moreover, I want to clarify that my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a Nation. My Administration will interpret section 1021 in a manner that ensures that any detention it authorizes complies with the Constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law.
But then a judge ruled in New York that those same provisions of "indefinite military detention with trial of American citizens" was unconstitutional.
In other words, the judge's ruling should have made the President very happy, in the light of his "serious reservations."
But did it? Well, no. Now his administration is challenging that judge's legal ruling!
It appears that his earlier objection was designed to appease the opponents of such unconstitutional measures and to make us believe that in spite of his new-found authority, he would never exercise that option. But now he is fighting to retain that option.
Please sir! Say it ain't so!
Dr. Stephen Jones