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Thu Dec 15, 2011, 03:13 AM

3. Yes it is quite shocking when all these terrorism experts in the government opposed to it...

I'm not sure which was more surprising that the majority of senators ignored the pleas of countless constituents, or that they also ignored every top national security official opposed to the provisions.

Opposition to the detention provisions came from
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta,
CIA Director David Petraeus,
FBI Director Robert Mueller,
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper,
White House Advisor for Counterterrorism John Brennan, and
DOJ National Security Division head Lisa Monaco.

The Senate ignored them all.

emphasis and formatting added, source: http://www.aclu.org/blog/tag/NDAA

There was also the piece in the newspaper by the two retired Marine four-star generals, urging the President to veto this.

This budget bill which can be vetoed without cutting financing for our troops is both misguided and unnecessary: the president already has the power and flexibility to effectively fight terrorism.

One provision would authorize the military to indefinitely detain without charge people suspected of involvement with terrorism, including United States citizens apprehended on American soil. Due process would be a thing of the past. Some claim that this provision would merely codify existing practice. Current law empowers the military to detain people caught on the battlefield, but this provision would expand the battlefield to include the United States and hand Osama bin Laden an unearned victory long after his well-earned demise.

source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/13/opinion/guantanamo-forever.html

It's quite upsetting. Who is driving this? Just Senators? ??

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