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Obama Won’t Seek Law for Indefinite Detentions, Will Rely on Existing Authority

Posted Sep 24, 2009 6:33 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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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.

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