Obama Won’t Seek Law for Indefinite Detentions, Will Rely on Existing Authority
Posted Sep 24, 2009 5:33 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
President Obama won’t be pursuing legislation to allow the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects.
Instead Obama plans to rely on existing authority drawn from a 2001 congressional resolution authorizing military force against al-Qaida and the Taliban, according to the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.).
The decision “avoids a potentially rancorous debate,” according to the Post.