November 28, 2011

Defense Authorization Bill Expands Presidential Powers to Detain Citizens

We know terrorist cells are embedded across the U.S., with members becoming citizens as they wait to act. We also know that the current president's Homeland Security agency has included normal behavior of many everyday Americans as potential signs of terrorism. So, do you think we should expand presidential powers to have people snatched up on U.S. soil and abroad, and held without charge or trial indefinately, as sections 1031 and 1032 in the U.S. Senate Defense Authorization bill will do if it is passed this week?

Does the president really need this kind of power for us to successfully capture real terrorists at home? Or is the move unconstitutional posing a grave risk to Americans who believe in individual freedom? Section 1031, 2b defines "covered persons" but the language leaves it open to some interpretation.

This ACLU blurb sums up how I feel about it. What do you think?
The U.S. Senate is considering the unthinkable: changing detention laws to imprison people — including Americans living in the United States itself — indefinitely and without charge.
The Defense Authorization bill — a "must-pass" piece of legislation — is headed to the Senate floor with troubling provisions that would give the President — and all future presidents — the authority to indefinitely imprison people, without charge or trial, both abroad and inside the United States.
Urge your Senators to oppose sections 1031 and 1032 of the Defense Authorization bill.

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