Obama to sign indefinite detention bill into law

by GLENN GREENWALD
THURSDAY, DEC 15, 2011 1:31 AM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME
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President Barack Obama speaks to troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.  (Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In one of the least surprising developments imaginable, President Obama – after spending months threatening to veto the Levin/McCain detention bill – yesterday announced that he would instead sign it into law (this is the same individual, of course, who unequivocally vowed when seeking the Democratic nomination to support a filibuster of “any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecom[s],” only to turn around – once he had the nomination secure — and not only vote against such a filibuster, but to vote in favor of the underlying bill itself, so this is perfectly consistent with his past conduct). As a result, the final versionof the Levin/McCain bill will be enshrined as law this week as part of the the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). I wrote aboutthe primary provisions and implications of this bill last week, and won’t repeat those points here.