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January-February 2012 , Page 10 

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Defense Authorization Act Provides for Indefinite Military Detention (NACDL News)

By Jack King

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Last-minute compromises resulted in passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) the week before Congress’s Christmas recess. Despite veto threats, the White House reversed course and proclaimed that “the Administration has succeeded in prompting the authors of the detainee provisions to make several important changes, including the removal of problematic provisions.” The statement went on to say, “While we remain concerned about the uncertainty that this law will create for our counterterrorism professionals, the most recent changes give the president additional discretion in determining how the law will be implemented, consistent with our values and the rule of law, which are at the heart of our country’s strength.”

Ten years of experience in fighting terrorism at home and abroad have proven the president already has the power and the tools to neutralize threats to domestic and national security, and to punish terror crimes, without destroying American val

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