S. 1867

Here is a synopsis of SECTION 2031 of the bill to be voted on Monday or Tuesday by the United States Senate:

It “affirms … the authority of the President … to detain covered persons (persons “who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the [9/11] attacks, or harbored those responsible” OR persons who were “a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces … including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces”) pending disposition under the law of war.”

Disposition under law of war may include:

(1) Detention under the law of war without trial until the end of the hostilities.
(2) Trial under chapter 47A of title 10, United States Code.
(3) Transfer for trial by an alternative court or tribunal having jurisdiction.
(4) Transfer to the custody or control of … any other foreign country, or any … foreign entity.

♦ Nothing in this section is intended to limit or expand the authority of the President or the scope of the Authorization for Use of Military Force.
♦ The Secretary of Defense shall regularly brief Congress regarding the application of the authority described in this section, including the organizations, entities, and individuals considered to be ‘covered persons.’

Axé.


6 thoughts on “S. 1867

  1. I think it’s so they can just swoop down on Occupiers and so on.
    I didn’t realize they’d done in the son of this guy, too. I guess I will have to make a post about that. Already Facebooked it. Thanks for this info!

  2. From the Guardian today:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/15/americans-face-guantanamo-detention-obama
    Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay.
    Human rights groups accused the president of deserting his principles and disregarding the long-established principle that the military is not used in domestic policing. The legislation has also been strongly criticized by libertarians on the right angered at the stripping of individual rights for the duration of “a war that appears to have no end”.
    ….
    Rand Paul was backed by Senator Dianne Feinstein who stated:
    “Congress is essentially authorizing the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens, without charge,” she said. “We are not a nation that locks up its citizens without charge.”

    Next year you will be.

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