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Dec 16, 2011

Indefinite detention formalised in US — and the world is a war

A new bill in Washington formalises the power of the US military to abuct and imprison anyone, anywhere in the world.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

A bill that provides for indefinite detention of Americans within the United States and determines that the entire world is a battlefield on which the war on terror is being waged is now set to be signed into law in Washington.

The National Defence Authorisation Act of 2012 (NDAA), sponsored by Democrat Carl Levin and Republican John McCain, enables US military forces to collect and imprison anyone anywhere in the world and keep them confined within the US military system rather than have access to civilian courts (even the most stacked US Supreme Court of recent generations overturned the Bush Administration’s military commissions). The provisions form part of a $US660 billion defence appropriation for 2012.

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12 thoughts on “Indefinite detention formalised in US — and the world is a war

  1. ozziejack

    Truth, Justice and the American way!
    America, land of the free!

    Boy, oh, boy. Who are they kidding by implementing stuff like this that they would have been very critical of it in another country. And how is our Government going to react when the marines in Darwin arrest and hold an Australian citizen indefinitely without trial on suspicion of being a terrorist?
    Australia needs to distance itself from this sort of draconian action by an ally.

  2. Down and Out of Sài Gòn

    Indefinite detention is just wrong. Either charge and convict or let them go free, but throwing folk into legal limbo just because they may be dangerous is evil. I don’t even expect the law to be repealed by their Supreme Count – packed with Bush appointments as it is.

  3. abarker

    @Ozziejack – the Aussie government will hold the door open for the yanks.

    I remember hearing a few years back that there was an Aussie who pirated a Microsoft programme and sold it. He was delivered to the yanks on a platter and is now serving time in a US Jail, which by all reports is full of all kinds of horrendous torments.

    The Australian government let them take him, rather than jail him here.

    Sad really when we try and fight for some bogan who crashes Bali with a load of dope, but won’t do the same for someone when our ally wants him.

  4. David Allen

    On the brighht sid; they’ll soon be broke.

  5. sparky

    Where is Snake Plisskin when he’s needed ?

  6. zut alors

    Gee, ain’t democracy grand! And the USA, brimming with generosity, is hellbent on forcing this on foreign lands.

    It doesn’t seem like G0d has blessed America, instead it appears the evil counterpart is hard at work.

  7. AR

    I’m a little bemused by the outrage and surprised by the surprise. Amerika always has and always will, so long as they have the power, do whatever the hell they want, anywhere, anytime to anyone. – black sites, rendition, covert/overt destabilisation of countries,attacked – at last count 17 countries – since WWII.
    Now, as is the way of decadent empires, going broke and fearing internal fracture, they codify in black-letter-law, as if that makes it all hunky dory.

  8. Sancho

    I can vaguely remember a time when this would have been some sort of surprise.

  9. Salamander

    Yes, but Obama. Why?

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