I have written in the past about the odious piece of legislation known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would enable the administration to indefinitely detain without trial people whom the government on its own decides is providing “substantial support” to groups “engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners”. (See here, here, and here.)
But of course, the authoritarian Obama administration yesterday called for an pending appeal to the federal appeals court, saying the verdict is ‘dangerous’ and a threat to ‘national security’, that sweeping phrase under which civil liberties have been steadily taken in the last decade.
The Obama administration clearly thinks that there should be no restrictions placed on its ability to arrest, detain without trial, torture, or even kill people that it alone deems to be threats.
Glenn Greenwald has must-read piece on the Obama appeal and why the NDAA is so bad.