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Just Trust Him

Adam Serwer has good write-up on Obama's New Year's Eve signing of the NDAA and what exactly it does and does not do.
In his statement, Obama says he wants "to clarify that my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens." ... Note what the president does not say: that indefinitely detaining an American suspected of terrorism would be unconstitutional or illegal. Obama's signing statement seems to suggest he already believe he has the authority to indefinitely detain Americans—he just never intends to use it.
Obama is basically saying exactly what I put forth in my PCLD comic: Indefinite detention is legal, but don't worry because he means well. I mean, the guy's a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
01.03.2012 |