01 Jan '12, 1am

US President Obama signs $853 billion defence bill despite 'serious reservations'

US President Barack Obama on Saturday signed a huge defense bill despite 'serious reservations' that it seeks to force his hand on Guantanamo Bay and military trials for terror suspects. -- PHOTO: AP HONOLULU, Hawaii (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Saturday signed a huge defense bill despite 'serious reservations' that it seeks to force his hand on Guantanamo Bay and military trials for terror suspects. Mr Obama, on vacation in Hawaii, added a signing statement to the US$662 billion (S$852.8 billion) law, laying out objections to its constraints on detaining and prosecuting suspects, and directing government agencies on how to interpret them. 'I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists,' Mr Obama said. He argued that recent US successes against ...

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