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An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Ironically, just a short week after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we find ourselves commemorating the 227th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there has been little to celebrate.

Welcome Back, Congress! Here Are 15 Issues Awaiting Your Return

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

Here are 15 issues on their agenda. On your mark, get set, go!

It's August Recess! Now What?

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

Congress adjourned for a five-week August recess -- and will return on Sept. 8. Here's a look at five issues still on the table for when Congress returns. Mark your calendars!

What I Don't Like About Life in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I don't like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a source of labor and funds. I don't like being viewed as a consumer and bits of data. I don't like being spied on and treated as if I have no right to privacy, especially in my own home.

The Spirit of Independence: How Culture Drives Politics

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Large-scale popular movements against power are triggered not when enough people see in that an abstract right has been taken from them - but when enough people actually experience their everyday lives as being impinged upon.

Matt Sledge

Congress Celebrates Memorial Day By Hammering Civil Liberties

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics

Before heading home this Memorial Day weekend to honor those Americans who fought and died for the principle of liberty, Congress did a number on the ...

Kate Sheppard

House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill on Thursday that would bar the Department of Defense from using...

Time to Close Guantanamo -- Not One More Day

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Rev. Ron Stief

The president should act now -- he should not wait for additional authority before doing the right thing, the moral thing. The president should transfer a significant number of detainees out of Guantanamo.

Michael McAuliff

House Vote Maintains Military Ability To Jail People Without Trial

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House voted down a measure Thursday that would have ended the military's ability to indefinitely jail anyone without charge or trial...

Michael McAuliff

White House Vows Defense Bill Veto Over Gitmo

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than five years after President Barack Obama first pledged to close the military's Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba for terrorism susp...

Elise Foley

House Skips Another Chance For Immigration Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been 11 months since the Senate approved a sweeping immigration overhaul. In the House, meanwhile, comprehensive immigration reform...

Elise Foley

Battle Continues Over Undocumented Immigrants Joining Military

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House will get its chance this week to address -- or again skirt -- one small piece of immigration reform: whether or not to allow u...

Another Terrorism Conviction, Another Reminder It's Time to Close Guantanamo

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The claim that dozens of men at Guantanamo cannot be tried in the United States and are also too dangerous to release to another country is just not plausible. It's a claim we wouldn't accept from any other country, and we shouldn't get comfortable with it in the United States, either.

Hedges v. Obama: The Supreme Court Digs Its Head Deeper Into the Sand

Shahid Buttar | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

On Monday the Supreme Court declined to consider Hedges v. Obama, a constitutional claim challenging a law that could enable the indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens -- within the U.S. -- without trial, charge, or evidence of crime. The decision is remarkable both for its implications for fundamental rights and for its reflection on judicial independence.

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.

Senate Passes Sweeping Defense Bill

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

BY DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending President Barack Obama a comprehensive defense bill that would crack...

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...

Dave Jamieson

AWKWARD: U.S. Companies' Labor Standards May Be Too Weak For The U.S. Military

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.03.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- As Congress tries to hash out a military spending bill for next year, lawmakers are considering a provision that would give preferential...

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...

Sexual Assaults in the Military -- The Policy Matters

Sen. Claire McCaskill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sen. Claire McCaskill

A lot has to happen between now and then -- but when President Obama signs this year's annual defense bill, I'm confident that it will be a watershed moment for justice in America's Armed Forces. We're on the cusp of legislative reforms that are nothing short of historic.