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Prolonged Detention of U.S. Citizens for Interrogations?

September 24, 2013

 

Each year, the National Defense Authorization Act is a bill that is signed by the President. President Obama signed the 2013 version with a controversial provision that allows for the indefinite imprisonment of U.S. citizens.

One of the items that has flown under the radar in the debate on interrogation is the ability of the U.S. government to detain an individual without a charge or trial.

If the government captures a suspected terrorist that is a U.S. citizen, we may never know about it as the individual can very well be imprisoned and interrogated for as long as the government deems that it is in the national interest. This type of interrogation could very well be financed by black ops budgets estimated to be in excess of $50 billion and performed by off-the-books interrogators at private security firms.

This may sound like paranoia. However, we are not that far removed from holding our own citizens of Japanese and German descent during WW2. If this were to happen, it is very unlikely that anyone would know about it to protest.

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