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Obama Makes It Official: Suspected Terrorists Can Be Indefinitely Detained Without a Trial

From the Atlantic Wire:

Today I have signed into law H.R. 1540, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.” I have signed the Act chiefly because it authorizes funding for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad, crucial services for service members and their families, and vital national security programs that must be renewed. In hundreds of separate sections totaling over 500 pages, the Act also contains critical Administration initiatives to control the spiraling health care costs of the Department of Defense (DoD), to develop counterterrorism initiatives abroad, to build the security capacity of key partners, to modernize the force, and to boost the efficiency and effectiveness of military operations worldwide.

The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. In particular, I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists. Over the last several years, my Administration has developed an effective, sustainable framework for the detention, interrogation and trial of suspected terrorists that allows us to maximize both our ability to collect intelligence and to incapacitate dangerous individuals in rapidly developing situations, and the results we have achieved are undeniable. Our success against al-Qa’ida and its affiliates and adherents has derived in significant measure from providing our counterterrorism professionals with the clarity and flexibility they need to adapt to changing circumstances and to utilize whichever authorities best protect the American people, and our accomplishments have respected the values that make our country an example for the world.

Against that record of success, some in Congress continue to insist upon restricting the options available to our counterterrorism professionals and interfering with the very operations that have kept us safe. My Administration has consistently opposed such measures. Ultimately, I decided to sign this bill not only because of the critically important services it provides for our forces and their families and the national security programs it authorizes, but also because the Congress revised provisions that otherwise would have jeopardized the safety, security, and liberty of the American people. Moving forward, my Administration will interpret and implement the provisions described below in a manner that best preserves the flexibility on which our safety depends and upholds the values on which this country was founded. []


THE WHITE HOUSE, December 31, 2011.

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  1. asylumseaker reblogged this from kateoplis
  2. kelquistyna reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    …then why the fuck did you sign it?!
  3. wherestheoffbutton reblogged this from scdub
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  7. thoughtsdreamsandlife reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    This is disgusting. All for the sake of a false sense of safety. But more disturbing than that are those who think this...
  8. wlvryn reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    oh goody, letz set the path to nuclear devastation then shall we, wouldn’t want any patriarchal “prophecies” left...
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  10. herptoderp reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    Looks to be an exciting last year to live
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  13. keithdotson reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    Remember when we had a Constitution? Due Process? Ah the good old days.
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  15. vic08ramos reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    What’s this world coming too, seriously !!
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  17. christielouwho reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    Oh yeah, Happy new year’s everyone. This got signed into law, and Obama had the audacity to claim he had reservations in...
  18. moonhowler56 reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    Fuck, as we say.
  19. daddylonglegs88 reblogged this from kateoplis
  20. mycophycophyta reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    Fuck Obama.
  21. expecttheworstx reblogged this from kateoplis
  22. hippygrungehipster reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    So wrong.
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  24. milkcrate57 reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    Totally disappointed. It takes more courage to stand up for rights and liberties which are difficult to defend than to...
  25. tsisenman reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    In the year 2012, say nothing, do nothing.
  26. cchapmanf reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    what the fuck! NO NO NO you are in war with a thing, anyone can be a terrorist . V for vendeta
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  29. grutty reblogged this from kateoplis and added:
    So much for preserving, protecting, and defending the Constitution.
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