A new US law declares the world a battlefield, making virtually anyone vulnerable to indefinite military detention.
The US Senate has passed the National Defence Authorisation Act, which contains a controversial bill allowing so-called terror suspects to be detained indefinitely, without trial.
US President Barack Obama will sign the act into law, according to his administration. But critics say by doing so, the president has reneged on a campaign promise to protect civil liberties.
Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher reports from Washington, DC.