Last week, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act and it could be signed into law by President Obama by Friday.
However, online protests have started to surface surrounding an attached provision to the bill — Section 1031 — that could allow the military to detain American citizens indefinitely without a trial.
The White House originally threatened a veto, citing serious legal and policy concerns about a number of detainee provisions, including Section 1031. However, a new online petition contends the administration wanted the provision to pass, despite its veto threat. The petition points to a video of Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) on the Senate floor saying the administration asked the Armed Services Committee to remove language in Section 1031 that would have made American citizens exempt from indefinite detentions.
Citizen anger over the bill has been slowly growing online, but it got some help Wednesday night when Jon Stewart weighed in, chastizing the Senate for passing the bill. He sardonically notes that there is an end, of course, to the imprisonment: when hostilities end. “When the war on terror ends, and terror surrenders, and is no longer available as a human emotion, you’ll be free to go,” he said