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Here is what really went down with NDAA. The president lies right to Ben. Says is was Congress who fought to allow indefinite detention. That just isn't true. I have documented evidence of this in an article I wrote in May.

It all started in June of 2011, when the original NDAA Senate bill, S. 1253, was introduced to the Senate by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Michigan). In it were two sections, 1031 & 1032 which discussed the President’s authority to detain enemy combatants. Section 1031 contained a specific limitation that stated the authority of the President to detain did not extend to the detention of citizens or lawful resident aliens of the United States.

S. 1253, Section 1031, Subsection d
(d) CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITATION ON APPLICABILITY TO UNITED STATES PERSONS.—The authority to detain a person under this section does not extend to the detention of citizens or lawful resident aliens of the United States on the basis of conduct taking place within the United States except to the extent permitted by the Constitution of the United States.

Unbelievably this section was removed in the subsequent version of the bill, S. 1867 and it remained absent from the final bill, H.R. 1540. So who wanted it removed and why?

The answer comes from the Senate floor on November 17, 2011 where Senator Carl Levin is presenting S. 1867, the revised NDAA, to the Senate.

President Obama believed he already had the power to detain American citizens without trial under PUBLIC LAW 107–40, “Authorization for Use of Military Force” (AUMF), which was signed into law by President Bush on September 18, 2001. Obama apposed the Senate version of NDAA because it called that power into question.

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