New Amendments Introduced To Halt Indefinite Detention of Americans


Obama administration reaffirms support for state sponsored assassination of U.S. citizens

Paul Joseph Watson
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Two new amendments that would attempt to halt the indefinite detention of American citizens on U.S. soil under a section of the National Defense Authorization Act have been introduced and could be voted on by the end of the day, even as Obama administration lawyers reaffirmed their backing for state sponsored assassination of U.S. citizens.

DetentionRon Paul’s Campaign For Liberty website has the details.

Senate Amendment (SA) 1126 would “clarify” Section 1031 to explicitly state within the section that the authority of the military to detain persons without trial until the end of hostilities does not apply to American citizens.

SA 1125 would limit the mandatory detention provision in Section 1032 to persons captured abroad, not in America.

However, given the fact that a previous amendment which merely sought to provide oversight for the egregious Section 1031 of the NDAA bill was voted down comprehensively yesterday, getting these two new amendments passed seems a tall order.

Indeed, despite some expressing confidence that Obama will veto the NDAA bill because of the indefinite detention provision, the Obama administration today reaffirmed the notion that it considers American citizens as legitimate targets for state assassination in the war on terror.

More critical voices have warned that the passage of the bill would hand the federal government unprecedented powers on the scale of Stalinist North Korea, which routinely imprisons political dissidents in concentration camps, having first declared them enemies of the state, of course.

“Congress is poised to affirm that President Obama and his successors can imprison whomever they want, for as long as they want, on no authority but their own, so long as they first assert that the person in question is a terrorist,” writes the Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf.

“They needn’t present evidence, or persuade a judge, or get a majority of votes from a jury. Just whispering “he’s a terrorist” is enough. Yes, even if the suspect is an American citizen.”

Writing in an op-ed for the Washington Times, Senator Rand Paul warned that American citizens could be sent to Guantanamo Bay and that if the bill is passed it means, “the terrorists will have won.”

“Detaining citizens without a court trial is un-American. In fact, this alarming arbitrary power is reminiscent of Egypt’s “permanent” emergency law authorizing indefinite preventive detention, a law that provoked ordinary Egyptians to tear their country apart last spring and risk their lives to fight,” writes Paul.

Final passage of the NDAA bill with Section 1031 included would formally codify into law the federal government’s ability to completely strip U.S. citizens of their rights, deny them a trial, and send them off to a foreign detention center never to be seen again.

You can contact your senators at 202-224-3121 to demand they support SA 1125 & 1126 to the National Defense Authorization Act.


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