Dear Mr. Obama

January 3, 2012

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
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Dear Mr. Obama:

I am writing to share with you my great concern about the Defense Authorization Act, just passed by Congress and signed by you, which permits indefinite detention of American citizens.

I do not approve of the process where this provision was rolled in to a bill that needed to be passed to continue funding our national defense needs. Denials of freedom and liberty are more important issues that should be fully debated by the American public than was done in this case. I believe this matter is significant enough that the bill should not have been signed despite assurances your administration would not exercise those provisions.

Such a radical step as allowing Americans to be locked up without due process, in my mind, is in violation of the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and the American way of life. The Constitution that is being abused in this case is not the same one I swore to defend for 26 years in the United States Navy. I ask you to take action to reverse this disturbing development.

Thank you for your consideration of my concerns and thank you for your service and leadership.

Patrick W. Ryan
LCDR, USN (Ret)

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