This got little attention, but it appears that Dianne Feinstein might have just ended indefinite detention. Might have, because after the NDAA passes it will have to go to conference to straighten out the differences with the House version and it might get stripped out there, but the fact that the provision attracted a pretty bipartisan set of cosponsors might mean it will survive to the final draft. One of those cosponsors might surprise you (fourth from bottom).

Update: The NYT’s story came out a little bit after my post, and it includes this tidbit:

On Thursday, the White House issued a statement of administration policy threatening that Mr. Obama would veto the National Defense Authorization Act if Congress passed it in its current form. It included more than a dozen objections to various provisions.

The first section the statement listed was the one extending the restrictions on detainees, which it said “interferes with the executive’s ability to make important foreign policy and national security determinations, and would in certain circumstances violate constitutional separation of powers principles.”

Dear lord. Sometimes I think Obama isn’t just bad on civil liberties, but literally is the bad guy on civil liberties. This is vintage Bush-era doublespeak, and I fully expect him to be ignored since he is fresh out of credibility when it comes to threatening to veto NDAAs.


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