Obama Makes History

Mandela's cell

Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison cell, where he spent 18 years.

“Preventive detention, which savages the Bill of Rights, …basically abolishes the rule of law in this country. It was just a theory under Bush….
a presidential opinion that, inherent in the presidency, was the right to detain, to lock up, and throw away the key forever, anybody, including U.S. citizens.”

“It fell to President Obama to nurture and guide through Congress a bill, actual legislation, [The National Defense Authorization Act] that brings for the first time to the United States a preventive detention without trial.”

“That is making history. That’s part of the Obama legacy. And that was not a Republican concoction, you see.”
– Glen Ford

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