“There were some heavy hitters in Washington who wanted him to veto this,” said Mr. Marshall, alluding to Department of Defense personnel. “He listened to the people of Virginia, who were concerned about this. This was their concern. I’m pleased with that.”
Under some interpretations of the recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the U.S. military would be allowed to detain citizens indefinitely on American soil.
President Obama issued a statement when he signed the bill on New Year’s Eve saying he disagreed with provisions in the law. He later issued a statement saying he would not authorize the indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens without trial. He nevertheless drew fire for leaving open the possibility for future administrations to make nefarious use of the law.
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