Americans Can Now Be Detained Indefinitely Without Trial


I think the government needs to do everything within its power to stop terrorists from blowing things up and killing Americans. But I’m not sure giving the government the right to detain American citizens indefinitely without trial is the best idea. According to CBS News, President Obama vows not to use that power, yet he’s dropped his veto threat of this new provision.

The Guardian has more details:

Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay.

Human rights groups accused the president of deserting his principles and disregarding the long-established principle that the military is not used in domestic policing. The legislation has also been strongly criticised by libertarians on the right angered at the stripping of individual rights for the duration of “a war that appears to have no end”.

The law, contained in the defence authorisation bill that funds the US military, effectively extends the battlefield in the “war on terror” to the US and applies the established principle that combatants in any war are subject to military detention.

The legislation’s supporters in Congress say it simply codifies existing practice, such as the indefinite detention of alleged terrorists at Guantánamo Bay. But the law’s critics describe it as a draconian piece of legislation that extends the reach of detention without trial to include US citizens arrested in their own country. (Read More)