Senate votes for indefinite detention of Americans by the US military

“White House threatens veto.”

On what grounds? Obama was the one who (a) made indefinite detention “our” official policy—thereby leaping further right that BushCo—and then (b) was the first to let the military whack any US citizens deemed to be “terrorists,” which is to say, without a trial.

So if he vetoes this horrific legislation, great. Let’s everybody ask him to. But let’s not pretend that he would do so out of any reverence for the Bill of Rights.


Senate Votes To Let Military Detain Americans Indefinitely, White House Threatens Veto
First Posted: 11/29/11 06:35 PM ET Updated: 11/30/11 12:05 AM ET

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a controversial provision to let the military detain terrorism suspects on U.S. soil and hold them indefinitely without trial — prompting White House officials to reissue a veto threat.

The measure, part of the massive National Defense Authorization Act, was also opposed by civil libertarians on the left and right. But 16 Democrats and an independent joined with Republicans to defeat an amendment by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) that would have killed the provision, voting it down with 61 against, and 37 for it.

“I’m very, very, concerned about having U.S. citizens sent to Guantanamo Bay for indefinite detention,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the Senate’s most conservative members.

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