President Obama today signed the highly controversial Defense Spending Bill. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with its so-called Homeland Battlefield provisions, allows, according to many legal scholars, the indefinite detention of US citizens by the US military. What is most striking is a lengthy signing statement by Obama, in which he maintains his reservations about the Homeland Battlefield provisions, saying, 'I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists.' His defense of civil liberties in the signing statement was passionate. Nonetheless, at the same moment, he signed the bill into law. -- ma/RSN
We may have had some of our civil liberties taken away - the same liberties that we fought the revolution for two centuries ago. Now the military has been given the right to indefinitely detain without charges or court appeal any United States citizen SUSPECTED of terrorism. With a paranoid leader, that could be a major problem! You better watch out who you associate with. If one of your members is suspected of ties to terrorism, than your whole organization can be deemed suspect and labeled as terrorist. It reminds one of Gestopo tactics.