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The new year has just begun and we’ve already got our first big challenge. On New Year’s Eve, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. It contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision. And it has no time or geographic limits. It can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.
Despite initial assurances that he would veto this outrageous bill, President Obama will now be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law.
He signed it. Now, we have to fight it wherever we can and for as long as it takes.
Make it clear you won’t rest until this outrage is reversed. Sign the ACLU’s pledge to fight worldwide indefinite detention for as long as it takes.
Under the Bush administration, similar claims of worldwide detention authority were used to hold even a U.S. citizen detained on U.S. soil in military custody. The ACLU believes that any military detention of American citizens or others within the United States is unconstitutional and illegal, including under the NDAA.
With your help, we will fight worldwide detention authority wherever we can, be it in court, in Congress, or internationally. If you believe that no American citizen or anyone else should live in fear of this President or any future president misusing this new detention authority, now is the time to act.
Now more than ever, the defense of freedom is up to us. Let’s prove that we’re up to the task.
Anthony D. Romero
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