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National Defense Authorization Act

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.

Obama Should Veto Empire Over Republic

Coleen Rowley | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Forget that the ACLU called it "an historic threat to American citizens"; this bill is so dangerous that it was criticized by the directors of the FBI, the CIA, the National Intelligence Director and the U.S. Defense Secretary!

Michael McAuliff

Senate Kills Effort To Ban Military Detentions Of Americans At Home | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators compromised Thursday on a bill that attempts to spell out the military's right to detain Americans indefinitely, killing a bid ...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Blocks Another Bid To Spare Citizens Military Detention | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday blocked a second attempt to spare U.S. citizens from potential indefinite military detentions and was set to vote...

Senators Have Ideas for Cutting the Military Budget

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Here is a partial list of amendments of interest to those who wish to cut the military budget. The first two -- accelerated military withdrawal from Afghanistan and establishing a commission on the closing of foreign military bases -- are my personal favorites.

Michael McAuliff

Senate Votes To Let Military Detain Americans Indefinitely, White House Threatens Veto | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a controversial provision to let the military detain terrorism suspects on U.S. soil and hold them inde...

The Danger Of Going Back To The Dark Side

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

As people of faith, we know that torture is always and unequivocally wrong. God created all people with dignity and worth, and we grieve knowing that inflicting harm and cruelty on another human being scars and diminishes us all.

Congress: Reject Indefinite Detention

Human Rights Watch | Posted 12.21.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

The US Congress should reject provisions in a defense spending bill that would permit long-term indefinite detention without trial of terrorism suspec...

Amanda Terkel

Harry Reid Blocks Defense Bill Over Detainee Provisions | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has promised that the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2012 will not come up for a v...

Senator Harry Reid Takes a Stand Against NDAA

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has sent a terrific letter explaining why he won't be bringing the Armed Services Committee's reported version of the National Defense Authorization Act to the Senate floor for a vote.

Ten Years After 9/11: Congress Is Still Terrified and We Are No Safer

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

If you think Congress' handling of the debt ceiling crisis was a catastrophe, take a closer look at how lawmakers are responding to the terrorism threat.

Mitch McConnell Drafts Casey Anthony Into the War on Terror

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

According to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Casey Anthony verdict is precisely why the U.S. should no longer be allowed to bring suspected terrorists to trial in its civilian federal courts: because juries cannot be trusted to convict in all cases.

Predator Syndrome

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The Republican-controlled House is hell-bent on crafting the perfect predator state, one that can wage war without the least need to entertain doubt or acknowledge conscience.

Defense Authorization and New START

Lawrence Korb | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

Less than a month after Obama got Osama, House Republicans still don't trust the president to safeguard U.S. national security.

Amanda Terkel

Congressman Calls For Immediate Withdrawal In Afghanistan | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A recent trip to Afghanistan, the death of Osama bin Laden and the toll on U.S. soldiers has convinced Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) that t...

Ignorant Certainty

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The big, scary thing about the National Defense Authorization Act -- the thing that summons irrationality from the pit of our collective paranoia -- is the provision that would expand the "war on terror," at presidential discretion, to the whole world.

Stop GOP Push for Perpetual Warfare

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

I absolutely condemn the provision added in the defense authorization bill that essentially allows the president to declare war against anyone, anytime and anywhere.

Laura Bassett

House Refuses To Vote On Abortion Coverage For Military Rape Victims | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics

The House Committee on Rules blocked an amendment from going to vote on Wednesday that would have allowed military rape victims to access abortion car...

Obama Threatens to Veto Bill Expanding War and Restricting Prosecution of Terrorists

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

As House Republicans continue to press for new and expanded war authority, the White House has issued a rare threat to veto any legislation that would needlessly expand the war on terror.

Days of Decision on Ending the Wars

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The American peace movement is calling on you -- you -- to call your representatives in Congress now to urge votes against the wars.

Republicans Quietly Press for Dangerous Expansion of War on Terror

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

While Congressional Republicans argue publicly they're not seeking to expand the War on Terror beyond its current parameters, they're quietly making clear elsewhere that they intend to do just that.

Saying No to Permanent Global War

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

The annual reauthorization of the Department of Defense contains unprecedented and dangerous language that gives the president virtually unchecked power to take the country to war and keep us there.

"Deficit Hawks" Support Costly Expansion of War on Terror

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

If you dropped in from outer space to watch the House Armed Services Committee debate the latest defense spending bill on Wednesday morning, you could be excused for not realizing that this country is facing a budget crisis.

Amanda Terkel

Military Suicide Prevention Act Stripped From Defense Bill | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In 2008, a young sergeant named Coleman S. Bean took his life. After completing his first tour of duty in Iraq, he had come home and be...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: GOP Lawmaker Says Repealing DADT This Year Would Be An 'Affront To The Military' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said on Wednesday that Democrats' last-minute ...