In what has become an all too familiar pattern, lawmakers are again seeking to exploit the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which establishes Pentagon policy and spending levels, to enact senseless measures aimed at demonstrating how tough they are on terrorism. On Friday, the House approved two amendments to the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) version of the FY 2013 NDAA. Both amendments threaten to entrench and expand military detention. One amendment, proposed by Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Tex.), significantly dilutes habeas corpus and appears to authorize the indefinite military detention of individuals seized in the United States. The other amendment, proposed by Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fl.), would bar civilian trials for individuals who fall within the broad jurisdiction of military commissions.Read the rest at Balkanization
The House (Further) Militarizes U.S. Detention Policy
by Jonathan Hafetz
Hey, if torture is OK and assassination of US citizens permitted, why not indefinite detention. Why stop here?