Congress Votes to Empower President to Imprison Americans Indefinitely without Charge or Trial
Interview with Chris Anders, senior legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, conducted by Scott Harris
It's been a little over 10 years since the 9/11 attack on the U.S., but new legislation now making its way through Congress has the imprint of similar bills that were hastily passed and signed into law in the fearful days following the nation’s most deadly terrorist assault. The House and Senate have recently voted to include a provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that mandates that all accused terrorists be indefinitely imprisoned in military rather than in the civilian court system. But most alarmingly, the measure also empowers the current, and all future presidents, to indefinitely imprison U.S. citizens suspected of engaging in terrorism without charge or trial.