Guantanamo Bay’s 10th anniversary has come and gone.
But in spite of U.S. government promises to close down the infamous prison for suspected terrorists, it remains open.
Moreover, it may survive another decade under new provisions peppered throughout the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 – provisions which allow “indefinite military detention of American terrorism suspects,” and “suspected foreign enemies.”
Supporters of the new provisions, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) – who is also an author of the bill – says, “We’re no longer in the box of having to read Miranda rights to terrorists who come to America to try to kill us.”
But, according to Huff Post World, critics on the left argue that the law accomplishes exactly what its Republican authors intended, which is to “legally enshrine, for the first time in 60 years, the authority to hold citizens without trial.”
Human Rights Watch attorney Andrea Prasow, compares the new bill to the McCarren Act of 1950, which legalized the jailing of suspected Communists.
Says Prasow, “This law codifies indefinite detentions of American citizens for the first time since the McCarthy era.”
Do you support this new bill?
Or are you alarmed that it threatens our Miranda rights?