Obama sued over indefinite detention and torture of Americans act — RT

Posted: January 19, 2012 in Enemy Expatriation Act, NDAA, Obama
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Obama sued over indefinite detention and torture of Americans act — RT.

US President Barack Obama is the target of a suit filed by Pulitzer Prize-winner Hedges, and the reasoning seems more than obvious to him. The decision to take the commander-in-chief to court comes as a response to President Obama’s December 31 signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, a legislation that allows the US military to detain American citizens indefinitely at off-site torture prisons like

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Guantanamo Bay.

Obama amended the NDAA with a signing statement on New Year’s Eve, insisting that while the Act does indeed give him the power to detain his own citizens indefinitely without charge, that doesn’t mean he will do so. Specifically, Obama wrote that his administration “will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens.” Under another piece of legislation, however, the government is being granted the right to suspend citizenship of any American if the Enemy Expatriation Act joins the ranks of the NDAA as an atrocious act approved by the president.

I think we really need to look at history. As this article soon suggests, history shows we are on a bad course. A very bad one.

Of equal concern is the new legislation call the Enemy Expatriation Act or “EEA.” It truly is a knockout punch used in combination with the NDAA. Just imagine what the government will be able to do to you if they are able to strip your citizenship AND lock you away indefinitely. Seen any pictures from Gitmo in the last few years?

Another point of contention well stated in the article,

Under NDAA, the military can enforce indefinite detention on anyone “who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States.” As Hedges and others point out, groups such as “associated forces” are never defined, nor are determinations like “substantially supported.”

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I have friends from different cultures. I really don’t know everything that they do or everyone with whom they associate. Does that mean they would just take me somewhere and water board me for a little while till they figure out I’m not a part of “associated forces”? The vagueness of this legislation is equally harmful and concerning.

Please folks. Don’t stop talking. Don’t stop fighting. It’s never been more important.

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