Originally Posted by Jamesie
I forgot about Canada. ;o;
Article 1, section 8, clause 18 (aka: The Elastic Clause) would argue otherwise. It's the job of a government to protect it's citizens. I think you would agree that terrorists harm "us" (speaking of the general American people). Therefore, the government has the power to enact laws that give it the means to do so.
That would be my argument if I were a Supreme Court judge. Now, if there was some mass increase in journalists and random bloggers from the internet thrown into high-security prison-- and that became the primary function of NDAA-- I would vote against its constitutionality. Otherwise it seems perfectly constitutional to me.
I don't watch the Young Turks or any indie news source. Too biased. Too little information. Misinterpretation. (Yes I did watch a few seconds of it)
All that shows me is that you're perfectly willing to remain ignorant when presented with a counterpoint. What I wanted you to see wasn't even Cenk's take on the whole thing. It was the following.
"Should any application of these provisions conflict with my constitutional authorities, I will treat the provisions as non-binding."
"I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists."
"I want to clarify that my administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens... Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation."
"...My administration will interpret section 1021 [of the bill] in a manner that ensures any detention it authorizes complies with the constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law."
- Obama (all of the above quotes)
Note that he keeps using the term "my administration". Despite his reservations to signing the bill, he signed it anyway without even intending to use it. That's up to whoever becomes the next president, yes? Or perhaps it's his re-election campaign. Vote for me or someone else might send you to Guantanamo.
And from Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, "President Obama's action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law."
"We are incredibly disappointed that President Obama signed this new law even though his administration had already claimed overly broad detention authority in court... Any hope that the Obama administration would roll back the constitutional excesses of George Bush in the war on terror was extenguished today."