New National Defense Authorization Act Authorizes Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens

Guantanamo captives in 2002. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

On October 26, 2001 President Bush enacted the Patriot Act authorizing indefinite detention of non-U.S. citizens; allowing suspected terrorists to be detained without trial until the War on Terrorism ended. On January 11, 2002, the first group of twenty detainees arrived at Guantanamo Bay’s Camp X-Ray, where they were housed in open-air cages with concrete […]