Eagle: Indefinite detention – Instrument of tyranny

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Indefinite detention: Instrument of tyranny

By By ALLEN S. KELLER AND YANG-YANG ZHOU

McClatchy, 13 January 2012

When President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act on New Year’s Eve, he codified policies of arbitrary and indefinite detention for terror suspects including possibly U.S. citizens. Alexander Hamilton referred to such policies as the “favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny.” Based on our experience in evaluating and caring for victims of torture and human rights abuses from all over the world, Hamilton was right.

Regardless of the law’s applicability to U.S. citizens, indefinite detention in a military facility without charge can be tantamount to torture, causing profound health consequences.

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