Obama, that mewling, spineless, idiotic, unprincipled piece of shit that came into office promising 'hope' and 'change,' just formally legalized the indefinite military detention of any person suspected of terrorism.
Indefinite. Forever. Without trial. Without charges.
Military detention. You're going to fucking Guantanamo. Or anywhere else they feel like sending you.
Of any person. That includes American citizens. That includes you. That includes me.
Suspected. They don't have to prove it, they don't have to have any standard of evidence. Suspected.
Of terrorism. Which is defined... how, exactly? When you have Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, immediately after 9/11, blaming those attacks on gay people and abortion doctors, when you have British police naming Occupy as a terrorist group and the NYPD's counter-terrorism unit monitoring Zucotti Park, when the FBI is systematically targeting groups, sending in agents, and actively creating and developing plans which they then claim credit for foiling (see: Eric McDavid, Newburgh 4, Liberty City 7)?
And Obama's defense of his actions is... what, exactly? From the article:
Despite his objections, Mr. Obama says he signed the measure, known by its initials NDAA, because it authorizes needed funding to defend the nation, support the military and renew "vital national security programs."
Among the provisions to which the president objects is a grant of permission for the indefinite military detention of terror suspects by the military.
Mr. Obama said he didn't ask for such authority and doesn't want it.
"I want to clarify that my administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation."
Mr. Obama says his administration will interpret that provision "in a manner that ensures that any detention it authorizes complies with the Constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law.
Right. He didn't want to sign it, but he did anyways, but it's okay because his administration isn't going to act on it. Even if we believe that, Mr. Obama - and your track record thus far hasn't led us to believe that a single word that comes out of your mouth is worth believing - you're not going to be in office forever. You can say whatever you want about your administration - but there's an election coming up in a year.