Postponing the Happy
HAPPY NEW YEAR:
You Can Now Be Detained
Appearing this morning on the first day of the new year, a headline and photo from the pages of the Huffington Post accompanying the announcement that, while most of us were out celebrating the start of what would, hopefully, be better days ahead, wishing our friends, families and neighbors a ‘Happy New Year,’ the President of these not so united states, spent his new year’s eve signing into law the National Defense Authorization Act. It is now official: the “indefinite military detention of Americans,” is the law of the land. There is some small comfort to be found in the president’s assurances that he will not be using it.
“I want to clarify that my administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens,” Obama wrote. “Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a Nation. My administration will interpret section 1021 [of the bill] in a manner that ensures that any detention it authorizes complies with the Constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law.”
Just how assured are you feeling?
Sorry dear readers to nudge you into a bit of hard-nosed reality, but the times are seriously unsettling, even for aesthetes.