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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.

Wrong Then, Wrong Now: Mindful of Internment, California Condemns Detention Under NDAA

Ahilan Arulanantham | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Ahilan Arulanantham

Succumbing to the fears that have plagued our nation, the president and Congress once again placed an ill-conceived national security measure ahead of tried-and-true principles of civil liberty.

California Bans Indefinite Detentions

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a statewide ban on indefinite detentions into law Tuesday, prohibiting compliance with provisions of federal law. Afte...

The Good, Bad, and Ugly for Religious Liberty and LGBT Rights in Defense Bill

Ian Thompson | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

A sure sign of early summer in Washington is the House and Senate Armed Services Committees kicking off the annual process to pass the defense authorization bill. Here are a few of the things we, as the ACLU lobbyists who focus on freedom of religion and belief and LGBT rights, saw.

REPORT: Gitmo Hunger Strike Detainees Given Controversial Drug

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.17.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Alyona talks to investigative reporter Jason Leopold about the controversial news that Guantanamo Bay hunger strike detainees are being administered n...

Michael McAuliff

Defense Bill Would Ban Drone Strikes On Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There's one measure that quietly passed in the House along with Friday's massive defense bill that libertarians may like: a ban on drone...

Michael McAuliff

House Spurns Obama, Votes To Keep Gitmo Open

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A worsening hunger strike and a fresh plea by President Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo Bay prison fell on deaf ears in Congress Fr...

Michael McAuliff

House Vote Preserves Indefinite Detention Of Citizens

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted again Thursday to allow the indefinite military detention of Americans, blocking an amendment th...

Michael McAuliff

Bill Would Repeal Obama's Extraordinary War Powers

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The sweeping law that allows the president to wage an unlimited global war on terror would be repealed under a bill set to be offered th...

Michael McAuliff

Gitmo, Indefinite Detention Battles Emerge Amid NSA Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the nation already alarmed over revelations of massive National Security Agency data collection, Congress is set to act next week o...

Shielding the Whistleblowers

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Men and women who join the military do so out of a profound sense of service to the country. We owe them a debt of gratitude, not a blind eye.

Molly O'Toole

Military Sexual Assault Reform Faces Big Complication

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a string of high-profile sexual assault scandals continues to plague the military, leaders in the Department of Defense, Congress and...

Michael McAuliff

Boston, Syria, Congo Part Of 'Disturbing' Claim About War Authority

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The war authorization that Congress passed after 9/11 will be needed for at least 10 to 20 more years, and can be used to put the United...

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Lays Bare Detainees' Growing Desperation

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- For weeks, said Army Col. John V. Bogdan, the man in charge of Guantanamo’s detention facilities, he had tried to...

Attorney General Eric Holder: If the President Does It, It's Legal

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

It may be that the time has come to create a "non-political" and "independent" attorney general, one who would serve the interests of the public by upholding the rule of law rather than justifying the whims of the president.