Obama Throws Away Civil Liberties With Defense Bill
President to sign bill allowing indefinite detention of Americans
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 16, 2011 1:58 PM CST
US President Barack Obama makes a statement in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus December 15, 2011 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images/AFP)

(Newser) – President Obama is taking a lot of heat today for dropping his threat to veto a controversial defense bill that could allow the military to capture and indefinitely detain American citizens on US soil. In a fiery editorial, the New York Times today called it "a complete political cave-in, one that reinforces the impression of a fumbling presidency," saying it had too many objectionable parts to name. Other criticism has included:

  • Andrew Sullivan, a longtime Obama fan, says the move "is another sign that his campaign pledge to be vigilant about civil liberties in the war on terror was a lie," noting that the president's initial objection to the bill was not that it infringed on Americans' civil rights, but on executive power.
  • Over at Salon, Glenn Greenwald takes an in-depth look at the bill's language, demonstrating that it does indeed codify indefinite detention under the law, expand the scope of the war on terror, and at least leave open the possibility of the military detaining US citizens. We recommend taking a look.
  • "It's the wrong choice," the LA Times laments, complaining that by sidelining the FBI and civilian courts in terror cases, the bill ignores their "proven record of success," while trampling on the rights of the accused. Obama, who has often advocated those rights, "should have had the courage of his convictions."

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Dec 18, 2011 10:11 AM CST
I wonder how long it will take for a False Flag attack in the name of Occupy Wall Street
Dec 18, 2011 6:28 AM CST
For anyone willing to see the truth of obama, rather than debate anything, I suggest you read this: http://www.newswithviews.com/Roth/laurie301.htm
Dec 17, 2011 9:06 PM CST
Maybe now people will begin to understand what all the"FEMA" camps are for. Has anyone asked themselves, If those are supposed to be disaster shelters, why do they have razor wire and locked fences on them? The next step is to create a national emergency, declare martial law, and obama and his handlers will be dictator er, "president" for life. Anyone can call me paranoid or think I'm crazy, but just wait and see. I really hope I am wrong, but it looks pretty clear that the Constitution and Bill of Rights were just destroyed, and we now have a military police state identical to Nazi era Germany, or Communist Russia. Which has been the objective since Lincoln was President and started the illegal War between the States.