Postponing the Happy

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR:

You Can Now Be Detained

Indefinitely

 

 

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?

 

Read the full story here.

Sorry dear readers to nudge you into a bit of hard-nosed reality, but the times are seriously unsettling, even for aesthetes.

 

 

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~ by eaesthete on 01/01/12.

4 Responses to “Postponing the Happy”

  1. The most unsettling thing is that the law will outlive the current administration and be a tool that any future administration has at its disposal, without being bound by the promises of its predecessors. Whether he chooses to leverage it himself or not – he has made it available to someone who would, which seems terribly irresponsible to me.

  2. i have nothing to add except my own sighs of anxiety . thanks for this post.

  3. I am more than dismayed by this, as has been seen in Arizonia, this law in the hands of the wrong leaders of our nation can be directed at peoples of color who by the mere color of their skin andor belief in their religtions outside of christianity can be deemed terrorist. I do not understand why Obama signed this into law even if he did so reluctantly. If your third eye is telling you “no” than that is what you should follow. I believe as Obama our constitution provided for this, as Americans we are free to practice our freedoms with benefit of speedy trial should the unforseen ocurr and up until this became law could not be held indefinitely. This needs law to be overturned.

  4. If you don’t believe that the United States could become a fascist dictatorship, think again. We are well on our way, and it is shocking to me that a supposedly Democratic president is taking us there. Who IS this joker? A turncoat if ever there was one. Or was he ever really a Democrat? I’m feeling a bit of the Manchurian Candidate on this one. I’m afraid to say it, but the only thing that will really be able to overcome the corpratist/neoconservative/crytofascist tendency that has taken hold of our country is a good ‘ole fashion revolution. Plain and simple.

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