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Amnesty: By signing NDAA, Obama has given al Qaeda a ‘propaganda victory’

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The human rights group Amnesty International blasted President Barack Obama for signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on New Year’s Eve.

The $662 billion defense spending bill contained highly controversial provisions regarding the military detention of terrorism suspects. While signing the bill, Obama issued a signing statement — a controversial way for the president to circumvent Congress’ intent — in which he pledged that the new laws would not violate Americans’ constitutional rights.

But Amnesty said the signing statement was not enough.
 
“Despite expressing serious reservations, the Obama administration has paved the way for legislation that will authorize indefinite detention. The bill places enormous power in the hands of future Presidents, and the only answer the President has is to say ‘trust me,’” the group said in a statement.
 

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