Since its Senate approval several days ago, controversy has been mounting over a military authorization bill referred to as the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign. At the core of the controversy is a provision allowing for the long-term military detention of individuals accused of terrorism, including U.S. citizens, "without trial until the end of the hostilities."
The bill does not pertain to immigrant detention, which is carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. However, civil rights groups who deal with immigrants, including Muslim civil rights organizations, have been among those voicing opposition, fearing further codification of war-on-terror practices that over the years have landed a number of innocent people in federal custody and, in some cases, eventually in deportation proceedings.
Salon's Glenn Greenwald has been closely following the NDAA over the course of several posts, including this recent "three myths" post in which he interprets the detention aspect: