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National Defense Authorization Act

SASC Marks Up the Defense Budget in the Dark

Danielle Brian | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Danielle Brian

It's hard to think of a bill that merits more public scrutiny than the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Federal Judge Rebuffs Administration On NDAA, Indefinite Detention

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

A federal judge rejected an Obama administration attempt to beat back her earlier ruling against the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act this week...

Nick Wing

7 Ways To Get Yourself Detained Indefinitely | Nick Wing | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics

Debate continued to rage this week over a short, loosely worded segment of the new 565-page 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that critics, lawm...

Will SCOTUS Abandon Gitmo?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The Supreme Court is expected to decide as soon as Thursday whether it will hear the Latif v. Obama and possibly restore a right to meaningful judicial review for detainees imprisoned in the name of the "war on terror."

GOP Blasts Obama Defense Budget 5 Times Larger Than China's

Bloomberg | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics

Republicans and President Barack Obama are squaring off again over federal spending, only this time the president wants to cut it and the Republicans ...

Indefinite Detention Showdown Looms In The House

Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

By DONNA CASSATTA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- A showdown looms in the House over whether to end the indefinite detention without trial of t...

House Moots Afghan Exit, Iran War, Military Budget, and 'Signature' Drone Strikes

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

According to the way the House operates, the authorization bill is the most open opportunity to challenge current policy. When the House considers the appropriations bill, amendments can be offered to cut money for specific programs.

The Hollow Ring of Liberty

Michealene Cristini Risley | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Michealene Cristini Risley

The Obama administration has expanded on many of the civil rights violations that the Bush administration pioneered. These infringements have assaulted the freedoms of speech, assembly, association, and the rights to privacy and fair trial.

Dem, GOPer Target Indefinite Detention

Mother Jones | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics

With Congress getting ready to assemble the next big defense authorization bill, two House members are coming together across party lines to ensure th...

Telling the Truth and Demanding Justice

Greg Jacob | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Greg Jacob

Today, more than 250 people will come to Washington, D.C., for a first-of-its-kind event that will inform, empower and move forward critical efforts to eliminate sexual violence within the military.

John Brennan Should Tell the Whole Truth About the Drone Strikes

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.04.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Not only do "signature strikes" increase the risk of killing civilians and people who have no dispute with the U.S.; their existence is crucial to the question of whether the drone strikes are legal.

GOP Indefinite Detention Fix May Not Work

Mother Jones | Adam Serwer | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics

Facing a serious civil liberties backlash, Congress is considering changing a controversial counterterrorism law it passed last year....

Obama Administration Writes Rights Out of New Indefinite Detention Law

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The Obama administration had an opportunity to make clear that it takes due process rights and international law seriously, and that, as the war in Afghanistan winds down, it plans to bring indefinite military detention without meaningful review, charge, or trial to an end.

Indefinite Detention Sparks GOP Debate

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

Monday night's Republican primary debate in Utah's U.S. Senate race sparked an interesting disagreement over the National Defense Authorization Act, a...

Michael McAuliff

Democrats Move To Repeal Indefinite Detention | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A pair of lawmakers on Thursday offered a bill that would repeal laws that allow the indefinite detention of Americans and others by the...

Michael McAuliff

Obama Waives Rule Allowing Indefinite Military Detention Of Americans | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House released rules Tuesday evening waiving the most controversial piece of the new military detention law, and exempting U.S...

Obama: The Light Against the Republican Darkness

Vicky Shorr | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Vicky Shorr

Tell me I'm crazy -- I want to be a paranoid-delusionist here. But more than that, more than anything, I want Obama to have a second term, which is why I am not shouting about this terrible bill, at least not yet.

The Hidden Costs of Star Creep: Generals Making More in Retirement Than in Service

Ben Freeman | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Our troops need to know that in this tight fiscal climate they still have our complete support. Former top commanders raking in seven figure salaries from taxpayers while active duty soldiers bear the brunt of the cuts sends the opposite message.

Presidential Ungratefulness

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Wilfredo Amr Ruiz

While America honors the legacy of civil rights color-bearer Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., it is ironic that President Obama betrays his memory. In...

Ron Paul Slams GOP Senator On House Floor Over Detention Of American Citizens (VIDEO)

Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics

On Wednesday, GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) urged his congressional colleagues to support legislation that would repeal a clause ...

Michael McAuliff

Congress Occupied: Hundreds Swarm Capitol Hill To Represent 99 Percent | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics

A diverse crowd of hundreds from around the country descended on Capitol Hill Tuesday as the Occupy movement tried to get its point across to a Congre...

A Rainy Day in D.C., Marching to Close Guantanamo

Coleen Rowley | Posted 03.18.2012 | DC
Coleen Rowley

It's now 10 years after the indefinite detention prison of Guantanamo was created. With the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act broadening, the U.S. government seems to have given up on ever righting itself.

Close the Guantánamo Gulag

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The list of Guantánamo critics is a long one. Archbishop Desmond Tutu dubbed it a stain on the character of the United States. Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said the United States must close the camp as soon as possible.

A Peculiar and Pernicious Myth: Domestic Military Detentions

Kate Martin | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Kate Martin

There is an extraordinary claim being widely circulated: that the defense bill recently signed by the president authorizes the detention without charge of Americans and other terrorist suspects found in the United States. That is simply untrue.

Democratic Occupy Activist Takes Charge of Iowa Republican Caucus Precinct 66

Michael J. Hunt | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Michael J. Hunt

Precinct 66 nominated well-known Occupy organizer Ed Fallon to serve as Republican Caucus Secretary, customarily an innocuous role when held by a traditional member of the party. Fallon is not what you would call a traditional member of any party.