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Reality Check: The Obama administration demanded power to detain U.S. citizens

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Ben Swann
Fox 19
December 16, 2011

Two weeks ago I told you that the U.S. Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act to fund the military. But within that act is a provision known as section 1031. That section allows the U.S. government to indefinitely imprison any person, whether a U.S. citizen or not, as long as the President deems them a terror suspect.

So didn’t President Obama say he would veto this bill as long as that provision remained? Yes. On Nov. 17, when the Senate approved their version of the bill, the White House issued a warning saying:

“This military custody requirement to individuals inside the United States, as some members of Congress have suggested is their intention, would raise serious and unsettled legal questions and would be inconsistent with the fundamental American principle that our military does not patrol our streets.”- Executive Office of the President.

From that statement and others from the President, it appeared that the administration was against Section 1031 because it required that terror suspects be detained by military forces and an exception to that could only be granted by the Secretary of Defense.

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