Senators reach compromise on detainee language in defense bill
December 1st, 2011
08:42 PM ET
11 years ago

Senators reach compromise on detainee language in defense bill

Washington (CNN) - The Senate on Thursday passed a giant defense bill that includes a new policy for detaining and trying suspected al Qaeda terrorists - a policy that attracted controversy during the debate and may draw a presidential veto.

The defense authorization bill passed by a vote of 93-7.


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  1. John

    Wow, such a ticket. They definately would not have my vote with here at the top of the ticket.

    December 1, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I know that it is a work of fiction, but the Emperor in Star Wars manuevered the political system from a democracy into a totalitarian empire by doing exactly this. The storyline is chocked full of "emergency measures" being passed granting these types of powers to the government, all in the name of security, until all freedom was dissolved. A measure of this nature was one of his first acts when the galactic government was still a democracy.

    December 1, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  3. Larry L

    When you trade freedom for security you end up with neither freedom nor security. When you lose the moral high-ground, especially when you give it away, your Soldiers are just fighting for another crumbling empire, like the Soviet Union. They had gulags and laws to "provide security".

    December 1, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |