Is the National Defense Authorization Act a threat to civil liberties?01/05/12 Robert Lorei
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Coming up we’ll look at the constitutional implications of the National Defense Authorization Act with a legal scholar. But first two listener comments about yesterday’s program - which was a discussion of the results of the Iowa caucuses. Here’s what several listeners had to say.
On New Year’s Eve President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law. The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision. While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration would use the authorities granted by the NDAA, and would not affect how the law is interpreted by future administrations. The White House had threatened to veto an earlier version of the NDAA, but reversed course shortly before Congress voted on the final bill.
Here to talk about the detention provisions of the Defense Authorization act is Charles Rose who is a professor at Stetson University College of Law. He joined the law school after retiring from the US Army. While on active duty he served as an intelligence analyst, intelligence officer, and judge advocate.