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National Defense Authorization Act

Promises, Promises: President Obama's NDAA Signing Statement

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Back when he was a candidate, then-Senator Obama criticized President George W. Bush for his frequent reliance on signing statements to circumvent Congressional intent. What a difference executive power makes.

All American Muslims Better Get Ready for a New Reality

Nida Khan | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Nida Khan

As American Muslims, we're happy that some are starting to ease the negative imaging and stereotyping against us, and are instead open to learning more about what the Islamic faith truly stands for.

The National Defense Authorization Act: Our Disappearing Rights and Liberties

Alton Lu | Posted 03.04.2012 | Home
Alton Lu

On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act. This year, the NDAA bill has passed with new provisions that should have the entire country up with pitchforks.

Liberty or Security -- Why Can't We Have Both?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

So much blood was lost in the name of freedom, yet here we are several generations later, fearful of Islamic terrorism and blandly accepting the serious erosion of our civil liberties with barely a murmur of dissent.

A Brave New Fahrenheit 2012

Duncan Quirk | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Duncan Quirk

In a time where our government cannot come to a necessary bipartisan solution to save our country from economic collapse under enormous debt, it is astonishing how much support these pieces of legislation that diminish our civil rights are receiving.

Michael McAuliff

Obama Signs Defense Bill Despite 'Serious Reservations'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indefinite military detention of Americans became the law of the land Saturday, as President Barack Obama signed a defense bill that cod...

Vote Against Obama in Iowa

Cenk Uygur | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

If you live in Iowa, please send a message to the president for the rest of us. We voted for change last time, apparently you didn't hear us. If you don't hear us soon, you might be the one that gets changed.

Surrendering 2011: Rendition and Methane

Jim Garrison | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics
Jim Garrison

In the fine print of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, passed just before the holidays, it turns out that in addition to being now legally ...

Group Launches Recall Effort Over Indefinite Detention Votes

Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

A group of Montanans has launched an effort to recall the state's U.S. congressional delegation over recent votes on a controversial defense bill that...

All I Want for Christmas Is My Civil Liberties!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

What's the worst that could happen as a result of the congressional rubberstamp broadening the war and allowing indefinite military detention of American citizens as "enemy combatants"?

Did Congress Just Endorse Rendition For Americans?

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

Lost in the noise over the National Defense Authorization Act's detention provisions were some equally disturbing rules regarding the transfer of terr...

Can Human Rights Be Saved?

Jack Healey | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Jack Healey

After a legacy of torture inherited by the Bush/Cheney team, we are about to see the Obama administration sign off on a law that would permit indefinite military detention of American citizens without trial, process, or even formal charge.

Citizen Alert! Your Rights Are About to Be Limited!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

The first ten amendments to the Constitution that guaranteed the rights of citizens were ratified on December 15, 1791. Many of those rights are now in jeopardy following the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Michael McAuliff

Indefinite Military Detention Measure Passes On Bill Of Rights Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed a defense bill Thursday that authorizes indefinite detentions of American terrorism suspects, coincidentally acting on...

Choose Our Highest Values, Reject Fear

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

We must not lose sight of our goal of maintaining safety while promoting American values through embodying them in laws and behavior. Our country should be focused on ending terrorism, not on terrorizing others.

We Call Them Terrorists

Paul Grenier | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Paul Grenier

Americans just don't know their history, and that's why the National Defense Authorization bill currently rushing through Congress is causing a lot of unnecessary ruckus.

Reject Indefinite Detention; Defend the Constitution

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

We have sworn to uphold our Constitution of the United States of America.... Yet we are about to give our seal of approval to a bill that gives the military the authority to hold American citizens captured abroad on suspicion of terrorism and to hold them indefinitely without trial.

Michael McAuliff

White House Abandons Veto Threat Of Indefinite Detention Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Wednesday abandoned its threat to veto a defense bill that sets in stone the commander in chief's authority to indefi...

A Bad Day (and New Year) for U.S. National Security

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Politically, there may be reasons why Congress has supported the National Defense Authorization Act, including the many earmarks that bring costly projects to members' districts. But as a matter of national security and American principles, the bill is a disaster.

Defense Cuts Could Mean More Than A MIllion Lost Jobs Over Next Decade

Posted 12.14.2011 | Business

(David Alexander) - Defense cuts that begin in the 2012 budget will ultimately cost up to 800,000 jobs, and additional spending reductions could push ...

Michael McAuliff

Defense Bill Gives President Power To Lock Up Americans Indefinitely

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress would give the president ultimate authority to detain American citizens indefinitely in military custody under the final versio...

Senator Talks Bestiality

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce Monday that the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy did not "legalize be...

Obama's Most Fateful Decision

Jim Garrison | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Jim Garrison

The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, if signed into law, will signal the death knell of our constitutional republic and the formal inception of a legalized police state in the United States.

Behind Closed Doors: Congress Trying to Force Indefinite Detention Bill on Americans

Christopher E. Anders | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Christopher E. Anders

Secret deals for indefinite military detention without charge or trial? Tell Congress we are better than that. It's not who we are as Americans, and it is not the country or the world we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren.

America Wins War On Terror (9-11-01 To 12-1-11)

Robin Koerner | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

What Senators McCain, Levin and others cleverley realized is that since the terrorists are attacking America for its freedoms and "way of life", the only sure way to win the war is to eliminate all of those freedoms and way of life.