By Brett Smiley,nymag.com – Occupy Wall Street took to another New York landmark at 5 p.m. this evening to protest President Obama’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act at the end of last year. The rush hour protest marked the culmination of a day of demonstrations against the controversial act that included a stop the offices of New York senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer. The protest began inside Grand Central Terminal during rush hour, forming what the Daily News termed a flash mob, though the kind without choreographed dancing that ends with smiles. Read more…
The Absolute Moron’s Guide to the New Military Detention Laws
By Dan Amira,nymag.com – While everyone was getting all gussied up for New Year’s Eve on Saturday, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, a controversial bill that the ACLU, for example, has called “a blight on his legacy” because it authorizes the indefinite military detention of American citizens. (Rupert Murdoch, however, calls Obama “very courageous.”) We’ve put together this FAQ for those of you who are not just slightly uninformed about this issue, but hopelessly, embarrassingly confused.
Am I going to prison?
So why do I care about this?
Maybe you care about the gradual erosion of our most basic civil liberties?
Ehhh … okay, fine.
The gist of the outcry is that Congress passed a law, which was signed by President Obama on Saturday, which authorizes the president to order the indefinite military detention of American citizens suspected of terrorism. This isn’t an entirely new concept: Based on a very broad reading of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which granted the president powers in the war against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, President Bush and President Obama have claimed that they can do this already. But the new legislation explicitly codifies that interpretation into law.
Yeah, can you believe it?
No, explain what indefinite is.
It means they can be held for as long as necessary, without a trial.