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Sunday, January 5, 2014
National Defense Authorization Act for 2012
Written in December 2011
Originally published 12-4-2011
According to the
National Defense Authorization Act for 2012, as long as the Secretary
of Defense (currently former C.I.A. Director Leon Panetta) submits to
the Congress a written certification that such a detention would be
in the national security interest of the United States, the President
may authorize the Armed Forces to detain U.S. citizens - without a
warrant signed by a judge, without trial, and indefinitely - pursuant
to the Authorization of the Use of Military Force (9/18/01), which
has been used to help justify the detention of terror suspects at
Such a person must
be suspected of having - at least - directly supported hostilities
against the U.S. and / or it coalition partners.
Obama has reportedly threatened to veto the bill - which he has by
December 12th to do - internet randos have speculated that, because
this bill authorizes about $700 billion worth of military spending,
the only reason Obama would express disapproval of it would take
place in the form of his authorship of a presidential signing
statement which would express his opinion that he already had the
authority to single-handedly make the decisions which would be left
up to the Secretary of Defense.
If signed by the
president, the portion of the bill which I have mentioned above would
take effect between February 5th and 10th, 2012.