The National Defense Authorization Act: You should be scared.

“The National Defense Authorization Act covering $662 billion in defense spending for the next fiscal year includes a provision requiring military custody of a terror suspect believed to be a member of Al Qaeda or its affiliates and involved in attacks on the United States.

A last minute amendment allows the president to waive the authority based on national security and to hold a terror suspect in civilian rather than military custody. But the bill would deny US citizens suspected of being terrorists the right to trial, subjecting them to indefinite detention, and civil libertarians say the amendment essentially is meaningless.”  From the article appearing in the Christian Science Monitor entitled, Guantánamo for US citizens? Senate bill raises questions

The was passed into law by an overwhelming majority of both Democrats and Republicans and is awating the President’s signature.  The president has threatened to veto the Act because of controversial provisions concerning military detentions applying to US Citizens.  Carl Levin (Democrat) sponsored the bill with the support of John McCain (Republican).

What constitutes a suspicion of terrorism does not seem to be defined.  It appears to be characteristics used by a variety of agencies to determine whether or not a person should be placed on a list of people to watch.   Of course, there isn’t much information about this.

The following article appearing in the Christian Science Monitor entitled, Guantánamo for US citizens? Senate bill raises questions does a good job of providing an overview.

Ron Paul in this video tries to address what some of the “criteria” for being a suspect might be.

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