Skip to comments.In Major Shift, Legislation Would Mandate Military Custody of All Terror Suspects
Posted on 09/05/2011 2:15:46 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
In Major Shift, Legislation Would Mandate Military Custody of All Terror Suspects
By Yochi J. Dreazen Updated: September 5, 2011 | 3:58 p.m. September 5, 2011 | 6:00 a.m.
A little-noticed provision of the National Defense Authorization Act would put all terror suspects into immediate military custody, a controversial change that would have significant legal repercussions for the ongoing war on terror.
The measure was tucked into the Senates version of the omnibus Pentagon spending measure shortly before Congress adjourned for its summer recess. Similar language had been in the House version of the bill, but it was stripped out after intensive back-channel lobbying by senior White House and Pentagon officials. The measures future will be decided when lawmakers from the two chambers meet in conference later this month to reconcile the two versions of the massive bill.
If the measure goes into effect, militants arrested while planning or carrying out a terror attackor in the aftermath of such a strikewould be placed under military custody rather than being left to civilian law enforcement agencies like the FBI. The measure wouldnt apply to American citizens, but legal experts believe that it is written broadly enough to encompass large numbers of terror suspects.
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I am surprised it was McCain who slipped it into a bill. He is not known for sensible legislation. I guess he does have fleeting periods of sanity.
Kinda like saying Islam is not a religion!!
And they will be at Gitmo??
That would take Holder out of the picture.
A move forward.
All good news!
This is why the Democrats oppose this. If they could round up every white pro-life Christian American who owns a semi-automatic rifle into military camps, they would be the biggest supporters of this.
Holder will sue for custody and his judge will rule in his favor and he will hold the prisoner till the SCOTUS rules otherwise.
>>This is why the Democrats oppose this. If they could round up every white pro-life Christian American who owns a semi-automatic rifle into military camps, they would be the biggest supporters of this.
When I saw the title and started reading, my first thought was, “We’ve just given them the legal right to round us up for impure thoughts, counter-revolutionary speech, crimes against the Fatherland, or whatever they call it when fascism gains its stranglehold on our nation. I’m glad they threw in some protection for Americans.
Since the Tea Party has been identified by this administration as a bunch of terrorists this legislation seems like a prelude to a crackdown on dissent.
I don’t know about that considering the short shrift the top military brass gave Lakin. Don’t forget Obama is CinC and as it stands now he can treat terrorists anyway he chooses.As far as I can see Obama is in no mood or hurry to meet out due punishment.
Not if “they” consider TEA party members terrorists.
“Im glad they threw in some protection for Americans.”
Once Posse Comitatus is circumvented, the principle of Federal militarization of domestic security is established. Those “protections for Americans” can be removed later, after appropriate classes of “enemies of the people” have been ginned up to justify the ‘extension’ of the principle to all ‘potential enemies of the state’.
There is nothing about this proposal that should have conservatives cheering - - - forging as it does another link in the chain of the ‘national security warfare/welfare state’.
Well by that logic anyone can define who is a terrorist? So, could we call liberal democrats terrorists? That interpretation would stretch the meaning for terrorist beyond credulity.