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Last Chance to Make History

Frank Jannuzi | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Frank Jannuzi

It is time to put human rights at the center of the United States' domestic and international political agendas. Ratification of all international human rights treaties and protocols is essential, as is taking concrete steps to help the United States live up to its human rights obligations at home.

President Obama, Do Not Let Your First Promise Be Your Last Deed

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

As much as we try to remove the years of U.S.-sponsored torture and indefinite detention from the forefront of our political consciousness, Guantanamo Bay remains a vivid American symbol representing a rejection of the rule of law and a threat to our national security.

The Magician's Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater.

Exclusive Video: As Gitmo Turns 11, Al Jazeera's Sami Al-Hajj Speaks to Democracy Now! About 6-Year Ordeal of U.S. Detention, Torture

Democracy Now! | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Democracy Now!

On the 11th anniversary of Guantánamo Bay's use as a prison for foreign detainees, Democracy Now! airs an exclusive broadcast interview with Sami al-...

GITMO Detainee's Attorney: 'Indefinite Detention Can Rise to The Level Of Torture'

Posted 01.04.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Kristine Huskey, an attorney for a Guantanamo Bay detainee, joined HuffPost Live Friday to discuss President Barack Obama's signing of the National De...

Obama Strengthens Federal Law Protecting Girls Against Female Genital Mutilation

Yasmeen Hassan | Posted 03.05.2013 | Impact
Yasmeen Hassan

Twenty years ago, the traditional practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) was considered culturally engrained, particularly in Africa. Today, the 'Transport for Female Genital Mutilation' bill passed as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, just signed by President Obama

Matt Sledge

Obama Signs NDAA Into Law Despite Controversial Provisions | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 on Wednesday, despite his own threat to veto it over prohibitions on clos...

Congress Poised To Pass Bill That Would Increase Funds To Fight Hackers

fast company logo | Posted 02.22.2013 | Technology

By Nina Mandell This story originally appeared at Fast Company. In a bill barreling towards passing both houses of Congress before the Christmas...

The Christmas Shoes

Pat LaMarche | Posted 02.21.2013 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Nothing says Merry Christmas like approving billions of dollars worth of military expenditures. Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives approved a $633.3 billion defense budget. I must say I wasn't in the mood to celebrate with them. So instead, I gave away my shoes.

Matt Sledge

Children Of Japanese-Americans Interned During WWII Slam Military Indefinite Detention | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

The children of Japanese-Americans whose internment during World War II was upheld by the infamous Supreme Court ruling Korematsu v. United States are...

Rand Paul Slams John McCain For Failing To Protect U.S. Citizens From Indefinite Detention

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) on Wednesday for stripping a provision from the National Defense Authorizati...

Michael McAuliff

Congress Strips Provision To Bar Military Detention Of U.S. Citizens | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress stripped a provision Tuesday from a defense bill that aimed to shield Americans from the possibility of being imprisoned indefi...

Matt Sledge

NDAA Foes Send Emergency Motion To Supreme Court | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

Opponents of the post-9/11 use of indefinite military detention have filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to block a law the...

Laura Bassett

Abortion For Military Rape Victims Amendment Passes Senate | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

In a historic bipartisan vote on Tuesday, the Senate passed Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's (D-N.H.) amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act th...

Jason Cherkis

McCain Shows Sympathy For Filibuster Reform | Jason Cherkis | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Monday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed sympathy with supporters of filibuster reform -- albeit in a low-key tone. During a S...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Senators Fight Over 'Crazy Bastards' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul leapt to the defense of "crazy bastards" Thusday night, arguing in a spat with fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Gr...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Votes Down Indefinite Detention Of Americans | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate took a step Thursday toward ending the indefinite detention of Americans in the U.S., voting for a narrow amendment that some...

Indefinite Detention Is Already Bad, Don't Add Discrimination

Andrea Prasow | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Andrea Prasow

Where the laws fail, as with the codification of indefinite detention, it is incumbent on Congress to correct them. But to do so in a way that rejects the basic principle that everyone is entitled to due process of law, would be a grave mistake.

Michael McAuliff

White House Threatens To Veto Defense Bill | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House Thursday handed out its first veto threat since President Barack Obama won reelection when advisers warned that they wou...

Who Are the 88 Percent?

Tom Tarantino | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Tom Tarantino

One statistic that has shown up repeatedly is that 88 percent of veterans attending school on the New GI Bill drop out within the first year. If this number were true, it would endanger the future of the program. But as far as anyone can tell, there's no truth to this claim at all.

Michael McAuliff

Senators Make Bid To End Indefinite Detention In NDAA | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators made a bid Wednesday to end the indefinite military detention of Americans in the United States. Decla...

Texas Lawmakers Make Aggressive Moves Against Indefinite Detention, TSA

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

Republican state lawmakers in Texas submitted two bills this week seeking to counteract the federal government's controversial powers of indefinite de...

Our Civil Liberties: What Exactly Is Obama's Track Record?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

So what does the future hold? Unless President Obama changes course -- and drastically so -- freedom as we have known it will become extinct.

Looking Beyond Election Day: The Issues That Threaten to Derail the Nation

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

With more than 50,000 SWAT team raids carried out every year on unsuspecting Americans for relatively routine police matters and federal agencies laying claim to their own law enforcement divisions, the incidence of botched raids and related casualties is on the rise.

Saki Knafo

Obama, Romney Still Silent On Civil Liberties In Last Debate | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

Civil liberties groups reacted to Monday night's debate with a mixture of disappointment and apathy: Disappointment because both candidates hardly sai...