"President Obama has utterly failed the first test of his second term, even before inauguration day. His signature means indefinite detention without charge or trial, as well as the illegal military commissions, will be extended. He also has jeopardized his ability to close Guantanamo during his presidency. Scores of men who have already been held for nearly 11 years without being charged with a crime--including more than 80 who have been cleared for transfer--may very well be imprisoned unfairly for yet another year. The president should use whatever discretion he has in the law to order many of the detainees transferred home, and finally step up next year to close Guantanamo and bring a definite end to indefinite detention." - ACLU head Anthony Romero
, slamming the president's signing of the defense funding authorization bill, which also contains a "conscience clause" that may enable anti-gay members of the military to freely harass gay soldiers.
Labels: ACLU, Anthony Romero, Barack Obama, DADT, DOD, Guantanamo, HomoQuotable, military