Will controversial NDAA be overturned?

On New Year's Eve last year - President Obama quietly signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act containing a provision giving the President and the military the power to indefinitely detain Americans who are suspected of associating with terrorists. On Wednesday night though - that very same indefinite provision was struck down by a federal judge. So for now - until another court hears the case - and until the Supreme Court eventually has the final say - our nation has once again found its values. We are, for the moment, not a frightened nation that indefinitely detains people without due process of the law. We are, for the moment, not a frightened nation that gives up our values as soon as the going gets tough. And in the midst of all of this - George W. Bush left office - and President Obama moved in. And when a still-frightened Congress tried to enshrine Bush-era indefinite detention into law - President Obama pushed back. Arguably - he didn't push back near hard enough - and ended up signing into law the National Defense Authorization Act including indefinite detention. But he did so with a signing statement reading: "I want to clarify that my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a Nation. My Administration will interpret section 1021 in a manner that ensures that any detention it authorizes ...


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Choco 5 years 22 weeks ago

This is another reason I haven't enjoyed the change. Obama has not investigated the crimes of the Bush administration, conducts drone attacks to protect the oil and gas pipelines from the Caspian Sea Basin, has further consolidated power and has signed this insance NDAA.

I'm voting for Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, a true progressive. No more voting out of fear of the other guys. Democrats and Republicans are possessed. Possessions of the Banksters and Oil Tycoons.


There can be no democracy without justice and no justice without truth.

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lilmorecountry 5 years 22 weeks ago

i wan't to thank anyone involved in this for taking action and putting the message out there ... nobody should be locked up for speaking their mind , whistle blowers shouldn't be made into marders , it shouldn't have to go that far ... i mean unless they reveal some kind of military planning that will benifit the enemy , but that's not what is going on ... what if someone said the gov. was flyin' arround in spaceships from aliens , that would be a secret to keep i mean come on , the fact that they can hold manning on anything openly , is like spitting in the face of every americian .