Loc: Alexandria, VA
We know that POW's say Taliban are detained to the end of the war
And that is the problem, of course: the "war" in which we're currently engaged, as defined, has no end.
One way to effectively nullify the Constitution is to claim extraordinary powers granted during a time of war, then define that war in a way that makes it endless in any practical sense. It constantly amazes me that most who defend these anti-Constitutional power grabs with the justification that "we're at war" and "this is a wartime president" never ever demand a clear specification of under what circumstances this particular war can be determined to have ended.
. Obama, after signing it into law made one of those signing statements: from this web page
“Obama’s signing statement seems to suggest he already believe he has the authority to indefinitely detain Americans—he just never intends to use it,” Adam Serwer writes at Mother Jones. “Left unsaid, perhaps deliberately, is the distinction that has dominated the debate over the defense bill: the difference between detaining an American captured domestically or abroad. This is why ACLU Director Anthony Romero released a statement shortly after Obama’s arguing the authority in the defense bill could “be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.”
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