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  •  They were up till 1:30am last night debating this (14+ / 0-)

    A number of Repubs voted against it, mostly small government tea party types. Yet another stupid political gesture by the most egregiously far-right do-nothing congress since I don't know when (1850's?).

    It also got me wondering why they would pass a law that's already been passed, i.e. section 1021 of the NDAA, that granted the president the power to indefinitely detain anyone suspected of being or aiding terrorists, however tangentially and implausibly, without any recourse to due process? One, isn't this redundant and thus unnecessary, and two, if yesterday's ruling is upheld, doesn't it make this moot? Were they trying to say that they reject Obama's signing statement in which he rejected this particular section, or the actual ruling?

    Are we dealing with a congress that's actually rejecting Marbury v. Madison, then?

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Fri May 18, 2012 at 10:32:27 AM PDT

    •  These Sections Have Been Included In NDAA For (0+ / 0-)

      years. Perhaps due to the extremely unconstitutional nature of the indefinite detention laws these sections have to be renewed every year, or perhaps every section of NDAA needs to reauthorized each year.

      I do know that Congress rejected Obama's E.O. to close Gitmo in NDAA-2010, and that has been included in each successive NDAA,

      I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Republican Party.

      by OnlyWords on Fri May 18, 2012 at 03:56:52 PM PDT

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