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Brian Irving: We’re about to go to war – again

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Hidden deep on page 359 of the defense appropriations bill being written behind closed doors is the latest faux declaration of war being concocted in Washington D.C. Sabin Willett, a partner at Bingham McCutchen in Boston which has represented prisoners at the Guantanamo prison, writes in the Boston Globe:

“Provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, now before the Senate, would let the armed forces ‘detain’ people who are part of or support Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or ‘associated forces.’ Detention is a war power. The bill delegates to the Pentagon the decision as to who these associates might be, now and in future. That’s another war power, and one we used to reserve for solemn congressional declarations.”

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