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WASHINGTON -- The sweeping law that allows the president to wage an unlimited global war on terror would be repealed under a bill set to be offered th...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

The Answer Is No

Lisa Longo | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

I don't agree with everything President Obama does, I don't even agree with the drone policy, but this fake indignation, the rampant ridiculousness of the conservative angst on the drone issue, the obvious hypocritical hysteria, it is simply mind-boggling.

Courting Injustice: The 'Kill List' Proposal

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The constant that underlines discussion of extraordinary -- and unconstitutional -- methods to secure the United States against terrorist attack is the premise that a grave menace lurks out there. Yet there is no evidence that such is the case.

A Cultural Change Is Needed

Rep. Niki Tsongas | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Rep. Niki Tsongas

Without a doubt, sexual assault crimes across the branches of our armed forces are occurring with shocking regularity. In order for practical changes to take hold and be effective, they must be accompanied by a universal culture change.

Sleeping Through a Revolution: It's Time for President Obama to Wake Up to the True Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The following key principles, largely absent from Obama's first term in office, formed the backbone of Rev. King's life and work.

Ryan J. Reilly

Is Obama Trying To Undermine Whistleblowers?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers concerned about whistleblower protections in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) say President...

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