RRD:Senate bill S.1867 is the Defense Authorization bill for this year.It contains a provision permitting indefinite detention of alleged terrorists by the U.S.Military.Though the purpose of the bill seems to be to ensure that the war against Al-Qaeda is waged as a war,the language of the bill raises profound civil liberties concerns.Will the President be able to have the Military detain indefinitely, anyone he declares to be a member of Al-Qaeda,even if the person is a U.S. citizen and captured on U.S. soil? Because unless there is a full scale insurrection on U.S. soil,I would oppose giving the President,or the Military(which is directly controlled by the White House)the power to hold American citizens,seized on U.S. soil,indefinitely,without any court oversight.It would make it too easy to just toss a innocent person(possibly a critic of the President)in jail for life.I don’t think that is the intention of the bill’s sponsors,but bills of this nature should be throughly vetted.Until I’m assured that the civil liberties concerns are addressed I’ll oppose it.
Levin and McCain Strike Deal Over Detainee Handling – NYTimes.com http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/levin-and-mccain-strike-deal-over-detainee-handling/
Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/senators-demand-military-lock-american-citizens-battlefield-they-define-being
Levin & Mccain defend the bill here: Defense bill offers balance in dealing with detainees – The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/defense-bill-offers-balance-in-dealing-with-detainees/2011/11/27/gIQAf2Qn2N_story.html
Mark Udall Trying to Strip Out Indefinite Detention Regime from Defense Bill | FDL News Desk http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/11/28/mark-udall-trying-to-strip-out-indefinite-detention-regime-from-defense-bill/