Skip to comments.Obama loosens rules on military custody for terror detainees
Posted on 02/29/2012 8:44:28 AM PST by Hunton Peck
President Obama on Tuesday night issued a sweeping exemption of future terrorism suspects from a congressional requirement that they be held in military custody, part of last years hotly contested defense authorization law.
The presidents action gives U.S. civilian criminal investigators broad authority to manage the cases of terrorism suspects who are not U.S. citizens but are arrested by federal law enforcement officials. The law passed late last year encouraged that suspects be placed in military custody in such cases.
When Mr. Obama signed the law on Dec. 31, he attached a statement saying that he intended to disregard part of the law that he believed interfered with his presidential powers. Republican lawmakers had included the provision in the defense authorization act.
The presidents order gives the FBI and other civilian authorities the primary job of prosecuting terrorism arrests in the U.S.
Placing such suspects in military detention would be at the discretion of the attorney general in a limited number of cases.
Mr. Obamas order directs that the attorney generals office shall exercise this authority in consultation with other senior national security officials, including the secretaries of State, Defense, Homeland Security, director of National Intelligence, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as any other official I may designate.
When he signed the law, Mr. Obama said he would not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation.
Among the individuals to whom the waivers would apply are lawful permanent U.S. residents who were arrested in the U.S., and suspects who are arrested by state or local police.
Military detention would be an option...
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I just don’t know that I’ll be able to stomach serving for my full 30 years. 3 1/2 to go...
US citizens...It’s called treason. Firing squad!!
“When Mr. Obama signed the law on Dec. 31, he attached a statement saying that he intended to disregard part of the law” ....REALLY???! Since when can folks disregard parts of laws they don’t like? Oh that’s right, Barky is above the law.
Understand completely. My USAFR Retirement Certificate will NEVER be displayed unless I can get a new CINC signature on it. BTW, IMHO the troops need you more now than ever before! They know what he is too, and still they put their lives on the line.
Your temporary memory lapse will be forgiven .... this time.
What do we expect from a slimeball who spits on the Constitution and ignores Congress? Exactly what we are getting....taken.
I do not expect a Kenyan socialist muslim to love this country as much as we do. I cannot stand to see him on tv, cannot stand his voice and his wife is a lowdown leech. It was a sad day when he walked into the WH. My only prayer is that we see him perp walked out of the WH into the very prisons he wants to put his muslim brothers into.
Only thing that keeps me going. Thanks for your service, BTW.
My honor and back at ya. Glad you are out there.
After reading your post, I realized how similarly difficult it is for a Christian to work in a pagan occupation. I am taking psychology courses and the anti-conservative/Judeo/Christian attitude is rampant in the propaganda filled text books. I can never sell my texts back because of the notes I write (and sometimes the holes I create) on the pages.
I know that your service will not be judged by who you worked for, but by your heart. You are working to defend our Constitution and that is greatly appreciated (especially since I love A-10s).
The Obama administration is correct on the law in this instance. It’s called “separation of powers”. I just wish Presidents would show the same backbone concerning the Supreme Court’s violation of separation of powers.
My daughter just graduated with a degree in Anthropology/Primatology. Imagine how much fun it was for, in her words, “The only creationist primatology student in the world”! She actually got a job in her major, too!
Love that kid...