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2013: An Important Year Toward the End of Torture

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

2014 could be a very important year in the effort to ensure that U.S.-sponsored torture never happens again. The number of detainees at Guantanamo could decrease significantly, the Senate Intelligence Committee could release its report on torture, and Congress could begin to create legislation on the basis of this report.

Rep. Fleming: NDAA Religious Freedom Language Not a 'Touchdown' -- New Talking Points Needed

Chris Rodda | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Back in June, when the House passed its first version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the anti-gay crowd was doing a victory dance over the fact that the House version of the bill included Rep. John Fleming's (R-LA) so-called "religious freedom" amendment.

Amazon Drones: Orwellian Mayhem?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.14.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled his grand vision for drone attacks on our porches and personal spaces. From a warehouse to your front door, goods delivered in record time with minimal hassle. What could possibly go wrong with that? Pretty much everything and here's why.

Huge Defense Bill Passes House

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A comprehensive defense policy bill that aims to deal with the epidemic of sexual assault in the military is on track for Senate p...

Ryan J. Reilly

Congress' NDAA Deal Could Make It Easier For Obama To Finally Close Guantanamo

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate and House Armed Services committees have reached a deal that would, for the first time, loosen restrictions that impede the P...

Michael McAuliff

The Rise Of Kirsten Gillibrand: How Hillary Clinton's Heir Is Winning Battles And Silencing Critics

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On a recent morning in November, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand marched briskly through the Capitol at about 8:30, two hours before the Senate ...

Congress Works On Fallback Bill For Crucial Funding

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a standoff in the Senate, the top Democrats and Republicans on Congress' military panels are working on a backup plan to en...

Senate GOP Blocks Big Vote

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have blocked a vote on a $625 billion defense bill after Democrats tried to limit amendments. Th...

Defense Bill Stalls In Congress

Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

By DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — A $625 billion defense bill that establishes military policy stalled in the Senate on We...

Pentagon's Militarization of Our Main Streets and Municipal Police

Michael Shank | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities or Special Weapons and Tactics and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we're not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.

California Bans Indefinite Detentions

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a statewide ban on indefinite detentions into law Tuesday, prohibiting compliance with provisions of federal law. Afte...

Military Chaplains: Religious Freedom in the Public Square

Bishop James Magness | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

In my opinion this unnecessary bill, Section 529 of HR 1960, is something of a "Trojan horse." It is a thinly veiled initiative which will allow some Christian chaplains to offer prayers in the spoken name of "Jesus Christ" whenever and wherever they are with whomever they happen to be gathered.

'Conscience Protections': A License to Bully

Tom Carpenter | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

The same conservative groups who opposed the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law, are pushing this amendment. They want to turn back the clock to a time when they could, with impunity, attack LGBT service members who were forced to serve in silence.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly for Religious Liberty and LGBT Rights in Defense Bill

Ian Thompson | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

A sure sign of early summer in Washington is the House and Senate Armed Services Committees kicking off the annual process to pass the defense authorization bill. Here are a few of the things we, as the ACLU lobbyists who focus on freedom of religion and belief and LGBT rights, saw.

Congress Members Want Military Gays to be Free to Mock Christians

Chris Rodda | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Yeah, right. Now go back and read this post reversing Christians and gays because that, of course, is what Rep. Fleming's amendment will do.

REPORT: Gitmo Hunger Strike Detainees Given Controversial Drug

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.17.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Alyona talks to investigative reporter Jason Leopold about the controversial news that Guantanamo Bay hunger strike detainees are being administered n...

Michael McAuliff

Defense Bill Would Ban Drone Strikes On Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There's one measure that quietly passed in the House along with Friday's massive defense bill that libertarians may like: a ban on drone...

Michael McAuliff

House Spurns Obama, Votes To Keep Gitmo Open

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A worsening hunger strike and a fresh plea by President Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo Bay prison fell on deaf ears in Congress Fr...

Blowing Billions on Nukes to Fight the (Long Dead) USSR

Jon Soltz | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

At a time when the budget is stretched to the breaking point because of poor decisions like the sequester, choices need to be made. If the choice is between taking care of our troops and veterans or protecting Europe from a ghost, it should be an easy choice to make.

Molly O'Toole

Military Sexual Assault Reform Faces Big Complication

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a string of high-profile sexual assault scandals continues to plague the military, leaders in the Department of Defense, Congress and...

Death is Preferable to Life at Obama's Guantanamo

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Although a few days after his first inauguration, Obama promised to shutter Guantanamo, it remains open.

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Lays Bare Detainees' Growing Desperation

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- For weeks, said Army Col. John V. Bogdan, the man in charge of Guantanamo’s detention facilities, he had tried to...

Overseas Drone Attacks Test Constitution's Precepts

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
The University of Central Florida Forum

There are at least three related issues here. Are drone attacks both legal and constitutional? Secondly, do they meet the moral standards that one would expect of American foreign policy? And thirdly, is the expanded use of drones advisable in a policy sense?

Indefinite Detention Panels Are More Fun Than Drone Courts

Matt Sledge | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Matt Sledge

Last week I reported on the federal appeals court hearing over the lawsuit that seeks to stop the indefinite detention provision of the National Defen...

Matt Sledge

NDAA Indefinite Detention Provision Challenged In Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

Obama administration lawyers defended the military's indefinite detention powers in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, claiming civil liberties adv...