Apparently, Obama has signed this Defense Authorization Bill yesterday, right before he leaves (most probably today) for his 17 day Christmas vacation.
I never realized how deeply and thoroughly Obama loathes the Constitution and Bill of Rights until Carl Levin let slip that it was Obama himself insisting on the language for indefinite detention in this defense appropriation!!
No true defender of civil liberties would ever, ever called for such language in this bill.
Senator Levin told Congress recently that under the original wording of the National Defense Authorization Act, American citizens were excluded from the provision that allowed for detention. Once Obama’s officials saw the text though, says Levin, “the administration asked us to remove the language which says that US citizens and lawful residents would not be subject to this section.” Specifically, the section that Obama asked to be reworded was Section 1031 of the NDAA FY2012, which says that "any person who has committed a belligerent act" could be held indefinitely.
Is having peaceful, logical, and reasoned arguments with various US domestic and foreign policies now considered as "belligerent acts"?!?
Right now, I wouldn't bet against it.