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Defense bill allows for secret, indefinite imprisonment of citizens | The UConn Daily Campus

On Dec. 31, 2011 President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 into law. Most of the NDAA 2012’s provisions were rather routine, such as providing $662 billion for US defense purposes, imposing additional economic sanctions against Iran and appraising the military capability of Washington’s main geopolitical rivals. Yet, tucked away within the act is Section 1021(b)(2) which allows the President to authorize any branch of the U.S. armed forces to clandestinely and indefinitely detain any individual–including U.S. citizens–who has “substantially supported al-Qeada, the Taliban, or associated forces.” The problem with Section 1021(b)(2) is that the terms “substantially supported” and “associated forces” are so nebulously undefined, especially when compounded with various other anti-terrorism laws or rulings, that the law effectively imposes a “chilling effect” on the First Amendment.

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