The indefinite detention section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been a hot button issue since its ratification into law. Basically this section of the bill declares US territory as a battlefield and gives the government power to detain citizens for an undetermined amount of time without due process. It also lay out in this section, albeit vaguely, that anyone associated or frequently communicates with those the government deems as terrorists can be place under the same treatment. This could potentially include journalists, veterans, and those that network with various political or religious groups.
Senator McCain, co-author of the bill, confirmed that US citizens could be indefinitely detained and Senator Lindsey Graham even went as far to say that an American can be killed. Senator Carl Levin, who is another author, surprisingly exposed the Obama administration on the floor by saying that it was the president that insisted indefinite detention be left in the bill (despite telling the media he was not for it). Although there was little debate from the Republicans or Democrats, President Obama still insisted on his objection and signed the bill into law under the eve of a New Year (2012). He tried to justify his action with a signing statement promising not to use the power of indefinite detention on US citizens. This of course broke his previous word that he would veto the bill if it included this section and as we have seen since its ratification into law the government has used it to detain indefinitely and even kill US citizens (like that of Anwar al-Awlaki).
Now we are again on another eve but this time it is the election of 2012. A lot is up for grabs this time around and it is not just the office of president. Locally in Missouri we have a heated race between Senator Claire McCaskill (D) and Representative Todd Akin (R). Akin most recently he has been in hot water for his statement on abortion for victims of rape which lead to a firestorm of condemnation from the left and right.
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