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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:16 PM

NDAA Signed Into Law By Obama Despite Guantanamo Veto Threat, Indefinite Detention Provisions

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Source: Huffington Post

President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 on Wednesday, despite his own threat to veto it over prohibitions on closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

Civil liberties advocates had roundly criticized the bill over Guantanamo and a separate section that could allow the military to indefinitely detain American citizens on suspicions of supporting terrorism. Just as he did with last year's version of the bill, however, Obama decided that the need to pass the NDAA, which also sets the armed forces' $633 billion budget for the 2013 fiscal year, was simply "too great to ignore," according to a presidential signing statement released in the early morning hours Thursday.

Members of the human rights coalition that had urged Obama to follow through on his veto threat blasted his decision as a cave to congressional Republicans.

"President Obama has utterly failed the first test of his second term, even before inauguration day,” American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero said in a statement. “His signature means indefinite detention without charge or trial, as well as the illegal military commissions, will be extended.”


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/03/ndaa-obama-indefinite-detention_n_2402601.html

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Reply NDAA Signed Into Law By Obama Despite Guantanamo Veto Threat, Indefinite Detention Provisions (Original post)
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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:30 PM

1. I guess the Gitmo prisoners have no electorial clout or PAC.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:40 PM

2. Every time you hold out hope he's going to do the right thing re: civil liberties

He reminds us that he basically agrees with Bush on all of the ways to trample the Constitution.

Disappointing doesn't even begin to summarize.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:43 PM

3. "It's chess!"

"He doesn't have a magic wand."
"We'll fix it later!"
"He's not a dictator." (How ironic.)
"You don't understand how politics works."

Repeat ad nauseum.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:38 PM

4. Locking

Duplicate story. Please continue discussion here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014354762

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