White House Says It Will Veto Domestic Military Detention Bill

Obama stands by veto threat after contentious Senate debate.

The White House spokesman said on Friday that President Obama would veto a massive 2012 defense spending bill that  authorized the American military to arrest and indefinitely detain U.S. citizens within the United States in the war on terror.

When asked where the president stood on the bill, Press Secretary Jay Carney replied:

"We have said that the language in this bill would jeopardize our national security by restricting flexibility in our fight against al Qaeda. 

"By ignoring these nonpartisan recommendations, including the recommendations of the Secretary of Defense, the Director of the FBI, the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney General, the Senate has unfortunately engaged in a little political micromanagement at the expense of sensible national security policy.

"So our position has not changed.  Any bill that challenges or constrains the President’s critical authorities to collect intelligence, incapacitate dangerous terrorists and protect the nation would prompt his senior advisors to recommend a veto."

The bill was passed by the Senate 97-3 on Thursday and now goes to the House.


AlterNet / By Steven Rosenfeld

Posted at December 2, 2011, 10:58am

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