WASHINGTON-President Barack Obama has released rules that get rid of the the controversial piece of the recent National Defense Authorization Act that allow American citizens to be indefinitely detained by the military.
The indefinite detention part of the NDAA resulted in opposition from both the left and the right who where concerned about the rights of U.S. citizens.
The Huffington Post reports:
The new rules — which deal with Section 1022 of the law — are aimed at soothing many of their gravest concerns, an administration official said. Those concerns are led by the possibility that a law that grants the president authority to jail Americans without trial in Guantanamo Bay based on secret evidence could easily be abused.
“It is important to recognize that the scope of the new law is limited,” says a fact sheet released by the White House, focusing on that worry. “Section 1022 does not apply to U.S. citizens, and the President has decided to waive its application to lawful permanent residents arrested in the United States.”
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