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Mon, Oct. 1st, 2012, 09:26 pm
NDAA: Don't Buy The Hype

"The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. In particular, I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists."

"[S]everal Republicans announced that they would seek to introduce military detention legislation; it was these detention provisions that ended up in the NDAA."

It's a fairly transparent political gambit. The Republicans attach the military detention provisions to a bill that is political suicide to veto (as it would have cut off funding to the military entirely), and then attempt to hang Obama in public opinion for signing the thing. (Obama, for his part, gave them the opening by justifying detaining terrorists at Guantanamo in an earlier executive order.)

Were I in his position, I'd be setting that part of the NDAA up for constitutional challenges, so that it can be overturned and provide precedence for future court rulings against similar things . . . :

"U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan ruled that the law, passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012, was unconstitutional."

Tue, Oct. 2nd, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)

We need abstract review. Requiring a test case, especially with something like this, is crazy.

Tue, Oct. 2nd, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC)


Tue, Oct. 2nd, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)

Figure out how to get that one past all the Republicans screaming "activist judges", and I'm right there with you.

Wed, Oct. 3rd, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)

I'd just tell them that it enables THEIR legal challenges to get processed more reasonably, too. c.f., Obamacare.