The U.S. Senate voted yesterday to approve S. 1867, aka the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Co-sponsored by Sens. Carl Levin and John McCain, S. 1867 has incited outrage for its lovely provisions that would allow, among other things, for the indefinite detention of American citizens on U.S. soil; do away with pesky due process for those citizens; and effectively declare the entire world a battlefield in the never-ending War on
Terror Everything Everywhere.
Among the 93 senators who voted for it were Tennessee's own Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, who if they ever genuinely cared for civil liberties jettisoned those sentiments out of the airlock in lieu of spineless acquiescence to the almighty military-congressional-industrial complex.
Most disturbingly, President Obama is expect to veto S. 1867 not for its radical curtailing of capital-F freedom, but that it doesn't go far enough.
From Salon's Glenn Greenwald:
Just to underscore what is — and is not — motivating the Obama administration’s objections to this bill, Sen. Levin has disclosed, as Dave Kopel documents, that “it was the Obama administration which told Congress to remove the language in the original bill which exempted American citizens and lawful residents from the detention power,” on the ground it would unduly restrict the decision-making of Executive Branch officials. In other words, Obama officials wanted the flexibility to militarily detain even U.S. citizens if they were so inclined, and are angry that this bill purports to limit their actions.
That, manifestly, is what is driving their objections here: not a defense of due process, but a demand that Congress not interfere with their war.