Myths About The Detention Bill

Posted on December 18, 2011


Update December 18: Alex Jones Report


Glenn Greenwald: Three Myths About the Detention Bill

Friday, Dec 16 update:

According to Greenwald’s article, this bill could leave the door open for indefinite detention without trial (Myth 1).
It significantly expands the statutory definitions of the War on Terror and those who can be targeted as part of it (Myth 2).
The issue of application to U.S. citizens (Myth 3) is purposely muddled.

— This bill can be used by the U.S. Government  to bolster its argument that it is empowered to indefinitely detain anyone without a trial. Clarifications were added only to specific sections clarifying this not all sections related to this. Feinstein’s amendments that would have clarified this were rejected 

 (NYTEditorial: “The legislation could also give future presidents the authority to throw American citizens into prison for life without charges or a trial”; Sen. Bernie Sanders: “This bill also contains misguided provisions that in the name of fighting terrorism essentially authorize the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens without charges”).

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE for more details.


It is reported that Obama called for specific sections — those pertaining to American Citizens be added to the bill.