And why not? When, over two years ago, Obama gave the speech announcing his imperial policy of “preventive” detention without trial, he was standing in the National Archives, posed with the original Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence.
Thus he and Congress honor our essential freedoms in the deluge of the “war on terror.”
Indefinite Military Detention Measure Passes On Bill Of Rights Day
by Michael McAuliff
First Posted: 12/15/11 05:24 PM ET Updated: 12/15/11 08:30 PM ET
WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a defense bill Thursday that authorizes indefinite detentions of American terrorism suspects, coincidentally acting on the controversial measure on the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights.
The bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, passed 86 to 13 and is expected to be signed quickly by President Obama, who withdrew a veto threat against the bill Wednesday. Six Democrats, six Republicans and one independent opposed the bill.
Though the legislation passed overwhelmingly, several senators argued that it was threatening fundamental provisions of the Bill of Rights, which is celebrated every Dec. 15.