Friday, December 21, 2012
Senate Approves Infinite Detention of American Citizens by a margin of 81-14
It looks like there is one thing that most politicians from both parties can agree on, that civil liberties should be ignored when they are inconvenient. The Senate has just passed the National Defense Authorization Act by a margin of 81-14 (after the House approved the same bill 315-107). Tucked in there is a section which codifies, for the first time, the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial until "the end of hostilities" in an undeclared war (which means forever). Not only that, it expands the scope of who could be covered for action by the US government. While the original authorization of the use of military force from 2001 targeted those who "