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  • New Law: Virginia will not cooperate with NDAA detention

    04/20/2012 10:29:57 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies
    tenthamendment center ^ | April 20, 2012 | 10thamendment
    RICHMOND, Va. – On Wednesday, the Virginia legislature overwhelmingly passed a law that forbids state agencies from cooperating with any federal attempt to exercise the indefinite detention without due process provisions written into sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act. HB1160 “Prevents any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the conduct of the investigation, prosecution, or detention of a United States citizen in violation of the United States Constitution, Constitution of Virginia, or any Virginia law or regulation.”
  • NDAA Lawsuit Seeks Preliminary Injunction Against ‘Unprecedented Threat To Civil Liberties’

    03/29/2012 1:39:09 PM PDT · by firebrand · 12 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 29, 2012 | Ashley Portero
    Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg and Icelandic parliament member Birgitta Jonsdottir are among the seven witnesses expected to testify in a New York federal court on Thursday in support of a class action lawsuit against the United States government over controversial provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a military spending bill they claim threatens American's civil liberties and basic human rights.
  • China’s New NDAA Law Is Less Repressive than Obama’s Version

    03/27/2012 8:50:32 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 5 replies ^ | 3.26.12 | Unknown
    We’re living in strange times when China begins copying America’s detention laws but watering them down. We’re often assured by the media that China is filled with human rights abuses and governmental tyranny, but what does it mean when their rules are less repressive than the ones Barack Hussein Obama is imposing on us? Things have gotten so bad here that a communist country is copying Mr. Obama’s signature pieces of legislation, but making them more humane than the American versions. The communist Chinese have revealed their latest proposed amendments to detention rules. Unlike the NDAA passed here in America,...

    03/26/2012 4:22:03 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 99 replies · 71+ views
    Theo Spark ^ | 3/21/2012 | Benjamin Smith
    On the heels of NDAA, ObamaCare, Stimulus, Son of Stimulus, Patriot Act, takeover of auto, energy, media and movie industries, and the relentless implementation of Agenda 21... the Obama regime running our country into the ground has issued an updated Executive Order which suggests the probability of impending MARTIAL LAW. We are left to scratch our heads and ask……… Why now? The only possible answer is… America is in fact, right now, in the vicious throes of a Cold Civil War. Cold as in non-violent and Civil as in nationwide; an attempt to force a new government-controlled ideology upon an...
  • Napolitano: Can the President Kill You?

    03/14/2012 5:23:22 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 18 replies ^ | March 14, 2012 | Andrew P. Napolitano
    Can the president kill an American simply because the person is dangerous and his arrest would be impractical? Can the president be judge, jury and executioner of an American in a foreign country because he believes that would keep America safe? Can Congress authorize the president to do this? Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder attempted to justify presidential killing in a speech at Northwestern University law school. In it, he recognized the requirement of the Fifth Amendment for due process. He argued that the president may substitute the traditionally understood due process -- a public jury trial...
  • Dems Introduce Legislation to Repeal Indefinite Detention of Americans

    03/09/2012 2:32:24 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 8 replies ^ | March 9, 2012 | Mac Slavo
    Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) have unveiled legislation in the Senate and House which would ensure that any individual detained on U.S. soil under the Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) has access to due process and the federal court system. The bill would repeal the provision in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 that requires the military to detain on U.S. soil any individuals suspected of terrorism. Senator Mark Udall and Rep. Adam Smith launch an effort to protect U.S. citizens from indefinite detention and preserve civil liberties.Senator Mark Udall and Rep. Adam Smith launch...
  • Civil libertarians slam McCain cybersecurity bill

    03/06/2012 6:07:06 PM PST · by opentalk · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 6, 2012 | Joseph Menn
    A cybersecurity bill introduced by Republican Senator John McCain could dramatically expand the domestic reach of U.S. intelligence agencies and potentially give them massive troves of emails, civil liberties advocates said. "This is a privacy nightmare that will eventually result in the military substantially monitoring the domestic, civilian Internet," said Michelle Richardson of the American Civil Majority Leader Harry Reid, the McCain bill stresses voluntary information sharing instead of regulation of critical industries by the Department of Homeland Security. McCain's bill was introduced last week.
  • FBI Announces that Americans Are Now a Threat to America

    02/10/2012 8:27:20 AM PST · by opentalk · 39 replies · 1+ views
    RLC ^ | February 7, 2012 | Dave Nalle
    Following the pattern of other provocative statements about potential domestic terrorist threats from the Obama Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a statement exposing the threat of “hundreds of thousands” of “sovereign citizens” who can turn violent “at the drop of a hat” during encounters with the police. Citing three specific cases in three years and a trend of an increase in arrests of believers in individual sovereignty from 10 to 18 cases per year, mostly for non-violent crimes, the FBI declared law enforcement to be “inundated” with threats. This may be the most exaggerated and offensive...
  • Are the detainment provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act serious?

    02/10/2012 8:21:46 AM PST · by Veritas_et_libertas · 7 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | February 5th, 2012 | Rob Natelson
    Are the detainment provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act serious? Yes they are. This is a complicated area, and there has been a lot of word-fudging in spinning this subject. So bear with me as we take things step by step. **snip** When you look at sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act objectively, they become scary in their potential. If the administration does try to use it to lock up American citizens without habeas corpus, the Supreme Court probably will void the incarceration and require a civilian trial. But in the normal course of...
  • I Think DHS Just Called Me a Terrorist.

    I think the Department of Homeland Security just called me a terrorist. Not only me, but millions of other law-abiding Americans, not to mention Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, Samuel Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and Patrick Henry, among others.
  • Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress

    02/08/2012 8:11:18 AM PST · by rarestia · 116 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | Shaun Waterman
    Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s … a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace. The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.
  • NDAA Nullification: Tennessee Bills Propose Kidnapping Charges for Federal Agents

    02/06/2012 11:37:48 AM PST · by don-o · 17 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | February 5, 2012 | TAC Daily Updates
    State and local resistance to the detention provisions contained in the National Defense Authorization Act continues to grow, rapidly emerging as a nationwide movement. The Tennessee legislature will consider HB1629 and SB2669 in the 2012 session. The legislation would effectively nullify the detention provisions in the NDAA and would also require federal agents making an arrest in the Volunteer State for any reason to first obtain written permission from the county sheriff. This bill declares that any federal law purporting to require local or state law enforcement agencies to act at the direction of the federal government or the United...
  • Shock Docs: Total Federalization of Police Under New Homeland Security Mission

    01/27/2012 8:36:59 AM PST · by IbJensen · 41 replies · 2+ views
    Truth Support ^ | January 24, 2012 | Aaron Dykes
    Mission Creep: DHS Agency Abandons Fighting Terrorism, Shifts to Hiring Police, Taking Over AmericaA new white paper presented to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence carves out an ‘evolving mission’ for Homeland Security that moves away from fighting terrorism and towards growing a vast domestic intelligence apparatus that would expand integration with local/state agencies and private-public partnerships already underway via regional fusion centers. Crafted by the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group, co-chaired by former DHS chief Michael Chertoff and composed of a who’s who of national security figures, the report outlines a total mission creep, as the title “Homeland...
  • Collectivism Decivilizes When Government Grows

    01/26/2012 10:24:49 PM PST · by gabriellah · 13 replies
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | Lopac | Christian
    The recent NDAA Bill has been decried as an act of governmental tyranny. This is true, but the implications are much more than just a mere overstep. It is, in reality, a further step in the direction of decilivization. The word “collectivist” is sadly absent from the popular language of politics. Collectivism, in short, composes the political viewpoints that are focused on the collective, or the whole. This is starkly opposed to individualism, which is focused on the individual. Some of the political philosophies that are considered collectivist are Communism (and its various varieties), socialism, modern liberalism, and anarcho-syndicalism. The...
  • LA Military Exercises

    01/24/2012 8:30:27 PM PST · by Hetuck · 45 replies
    KFI 640 AM Los Angeles ^ | Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | David Perez
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Joint military training exercises will be held evenings in downtown Los Angeles through Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD will be providing support for the exercises, which will also be held in other portions of the greater Los Angeles area, police said.... The exercises are designed to ensure the military's ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirements, police said.
  • Terrorists take lives of 3000, politicians takes rights of 300 million

    01/24/2012 9:12:33 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/24/2012 | Doug Book
    In the decade which has followed the taking of 3000 American lives by Muslim terrorists, Washington politicians have done more damage to our Constitution and posed a greater threat to the rights and liberty of the American people than could have been conceived of or accomplished by all the Muslims in all the backward, barbaric, Islamic regimes of the world. After 9/11 the American people were interested in two things—getting even and making certain it didn’t happen again. So on September 14th, members of congress issued a “Joint Resolution for the Use of Military Force,” authorizing the President to “…use...
  • Nothing to Hide, but Everything to Fear

    01/17/2012 10:26:58 AM PST · by calif_reaganite · 3 replies
    Roll Call ^ | January 17, 2012 | Igor Birman
    One of the most haunting impressions of my Soviet childhood was stories my grandparents told about the Black Raven. As a small boy, I was terrified of this polished and poised creature of the night, usually sighted as it crouched to swoop upon an unsuspecting victim and carry him away, never to be seen again. The Black Raven, however, was no avian figment of the human mind. Rather, this secret-police sedan — named for the Russian symbol of death — was a very real fixture of life in the Soviet Union of the 1930s. Those who saw the Raven stop...
  • Senate bill authorizes federal government to revoke citizenship of the American people

    01/15/2012 10:31:26 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 57 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/15/2012 | Doug Book
    A bill has been introduced in the United States Senate which will authorize the federal government to revoke the citizenship, creating practical expatriates, of American citizens. Introduced by Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman and Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown, S 1698, the “Enemy Expatriation Act,” is a simple, 2 page document which offers apparently innocent amendments and additions to existing federal legislation. (1) That legislation, known as Title 8, “…outlines the role of aliens and nationality in the U.S. Code.” And it is just one small piece of this massive and complex law which the Enemy Expatriation Act seeks to modify, that...
  • Homeland Security Given Green Light to Monitor American Journalists

    01/14/2012 5:00:08 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | January 9, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that emerged from the Department of Homeland Security in November, Washington has written permission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.” According to DHS, the definition of personal identifiable information can consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” RT adds: "Previously established guidelines within the administration say...
  • ohn McCain: SuperPACs Will ‘Destroy Political Process,’ Predicts ‘Scandal’ Because of Them

    01/13/2012 12:29:26 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 12, 2012 | David Muir
    One of the biggest headlines of the Republican primary race so far – and the point Stephen Colbert is trying to make with his satirical campaign – is the story of SuperPACs. ....................................................... On the campaign trail, we asked McCain about the ads from the SuperPAC that supports Romney. He told us these SuperPACs will “destroy the political process,” and predicted “scandal” because of them.
  • Even the Washington Times sees Obama as no threat to the liberty of Americans

    01/11/2012 10:29:42 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/11/2012 | Doug Book
    From its inception, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act has been a thoroughly mistrusted piece of legislation as a key provision permits the President to place in military custody indefinitely, with neither charge nor trial, any individual defined as a terrorist or threat to the United States according to provisions of the Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution adopted just after the 9/11 attacks. (1) When Barack Obama signed the Act into law on New Year’s Eve, he made certain to add a lengthy signing statement. Designed to reassure those Americans who doubt this president’s word, honor and intentions...
  • The Top 5 Reasons Obama Must Be Removed as Commander-in-Chief

    01/08/2012 11:54:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 9, 2012 | Stella Paul
    Obama recently signed a mysterious new law that proclaims all American soil is a "battleground," thereby allowing the president to indefinitely detain any American citizen without charges. Critics fear Obama will use his fun new unconstitutional powers to make his political enemies disappear, but that may not be necessary. The way things are going, most patriotic Americans will soon be six feet under, felled by apoplectic strokes brought on by reading the latest outrage committed by our "Commander in Chief." He may not have a limit to what he'll inflict; but our collective blood pressure may have a limit to...
  • Final Implementation of Obama Dictatorship in Progress on all levels

    01/08/2012 10:45:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1+ views
    CFO ^ | 1/8/12 | Sher Zieve
    I have warned and written about this particular subject for over three years—since before Obama was elected—aka “coronated.“ It is only now that many others finally seem to be getting the message. However, this is not something to be criticized. It is to be applauded, as it means they are finally and inexorably awakening to the truth. They are to be applauded and not insulted. I noticed this morning that—after a few of the latest Obama assaults on the US Constitution and liberties of We-the-People—some in the media
  • EDITORIAL: Obama and dictatorship

    01/06/2012 5:45:37 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 108 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Jan. 3, 2012 | Editors
    Sorry, defense authorization isn’t opening the door to a liberal police state Can a mundane defense authorization law create an Obama dictatorship? Many people on the political right and left have been alarmed by language in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that they argue authorizes the president to use military force to capture, detain, torture and kill Americans at home and abroad. The furor centers on Sections 1021 and 1022 of the law, which deal with detaining terrorist suspects. Specifically at issue is to what extent the law allows the government to treat American citizens like enemies of...
  • Yes, NDAA Does Apply to American Citizens

    01/05/2012 3:31:41 AM PST · by scottfactor · 25 replies ^ | 01/05/2012 | Gina Miller
    For a couple of months now I have been watching with dread the progress of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA). The legislation is, as usual, an extremely long, wordy piece of government legalese that takes careful reading to even get an idea of what it contains as the law of the land. The legislation has 565 pages that would take quite a long time to read and decipher. The two specific sections which have caused great alarm across our nation and across the political spectrum from left to right are those that deal with U.S. military detention...
  • Constitutional experts: pro-life ‘terrorists’ could be permanently detained without trial under law

    01/04/2012 4:29:55 PM PST · by wagglebee · 49 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/4/12 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 3, 2012 ( – Constitutional experts warn a new law that allows the president to permanently detain U.S. citizens without trial could be used against pro-life activists, who have already been defined as potential terrorists in documents by some government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security. “This law can apply to pro-lifers, yes,” said John W. Whitehead, a constitutional attorney and founder of The Rutherford Institute. Whitehead told the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA) “would allow the military to show up at your door if you’re a ‘potential terrorist,’ and put...

    01/03/2012 3:21:42 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 153 replies ^ | Jan 3, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Regime Grabs Power to Detain US Citizens January 03, 2012 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yeah, and I can't believe that nobody's talking about that, either: The thing Obama signed on New Year's Eve, the new Defense Authorization Act.I don't know if people don't know what's in this or if other things take precedence. Well, it is being reported because I saw it. I saw it reported. Obama signed this thing, the new Defense Authorization Act on New Year's Eve. Folks, you know what this thing does? It allows the United States military to detain anybody for no reason! They don't...
  • Obama: I can so hold you indefinitely without trial if I want

    01/03/2012 12:06:47 PM PST · by Starman417 · 34 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-03-12 | DrJohn
    In his latest signing statement Obama said: "My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens," Obama said in the signing statement. "Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation." Now why would he even need to say that were it not possible? Does his signing statement make you feel safer? It ought not. After all, it was Obama who said unequivocally that he would not use signing statements to "get his way." [VIDEO AT SITE] Obviously it is now possible for Obama to hold...
  • Senator Marco Rubio Defends NDAA

    01/03/2012 10:23:53 AM PST · by emax · 74 replies
    I thought this would be interesting to share with all fans and supporters of Rubio here and all those who think only leftist Democrats and leftists disguised as Republicans supported this bill. Thought it would be interesting to see a Conservative perspective of support for the bill, admist all the claims that this was something done by Obama to start to create a Communist regime. This has been posted in replies to other posts before but I thought it was deserving of its own thread, so here it is.

    01/02/2012 5:56:39 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 139 replies · 2+ views ^ | January 2, 2012 | Jonathan Turley
    President Barack Obama rang in the New Year by signing the NDAA law with its provision allowing him to indefinitely detain citizens. It was a symbolic moment to say the least. With Americans distracted with drinking and celebrating, Obama signed one of the greatest rollbacks of civil liberties in the history of our country. . . and citizens partied only blissfully into the New Year. Ironically, in addition to breaking his promise not to sign the law, Obama broke his promise on signing statements and attached a statement that he really does not want to detain citizens indefinitely. Obama insisted...
  • NDAA passage perfect way to sully Bill of Rights Anniversary with a black eye.

    01/02/2012 12:40:09 PM PST · by cold666pack · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Denver Examiner ^ | December 16, 2011 | Sunana Batra
    What a way to celebrate the 220th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. Each member of Congress, before assuming office, took an oath swearing to protect the Constitution, yet here we now have a Congress which has instead decided to ignore the fact that they are guardians of the Constitution. Instead they have approved an act which now permits indefinite detention of anyone deemed a terrorist in America.... Essentially, Congress has granted the President the power to ignore the Bill of Rights and detain Americans without due process. So, a brief recap, since terrorists threaten the lovely liberties we wrap...
  • Obama signs defense bill but balks at terrorism provisions

    01/01/2012 8:01:18 AM PST · by pabianice · 37 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1/1/12 | Nicholas
    To maintain flexibility, he says, he may not follow requirements that certain suspects be held by the military.President Obama signed a controversial military funding bill Saturday but vowed to interpret its measures regarding the treatment of detainees in ways that comport with his own judgment on how best to wage the fight against terrorists.In a signing statement released by the White House, Obama indicated that he might not strictly follow certain requirements spelled out in the new law, saying that "my administration will interpret and implement the provisions … in a manner that best preserves the flexibility on which our...
  • Obama Signs NDAA into Law. Last Pen Stroke of 2011.

    12/31/2011 10:52:10 PM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner ^ | December 31, 2011 | Jean Morrill
    According to the ACLU, President Barack Obama just signed one of the most controversial bills into law since the Patriot Act. The sad part is that neither the House nor the Senate nor Obama seemed to think it was all that controversial, as it passed overwhelmingly in both the House and the Senate, and the president just signed it (even though he had at one time threatened to veto).
  • A dangerous bill heading toward the president would gut our rights.

    12/30/2011 7:39:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 29 December, 2011 | Patricia J. Williams
    You know these are interesting times when Glenn Beck, Dianne Feinstein, Rand Paul and the ACLU all agree on an issue. The issue in question is Subtitle D of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), headed to the president’s desk. These under-the-radar provisions, co-sponsored by Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, would allow for the indefinite military detention of any person alleged to be a member of Al Qaeda, the Taliban or “associated forces.” The provisions also apply to any person who supports or aids “belligerent” acts against the United States, whether the person is apprehended here or abroad. 
  • Who thinks that they really will be reeudcated ?

    12/29/2011 2:24:31 PM PST · by emax · 44 replies
    So there are many jokes and speculations about it, but with the passing of the Cypertrrrorism acts, s. 978, NDAA and other such laws, is there anyone here who truly expects that American gulags will be set up for them, or internment/reeducation camps for posting here or even for just being a member here ? If so, that could mean that anyone, on the right or left, that ever said anything bad about our current govermnent, could get sent to a camp. That could lead to as much as the third or half of the population being sent to internment...
  • Beware Washington's Benevolence

    12/21/2011 11:29:32 AM PST · by calif_reaganite · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2011 | Igor Birman
    But in the 17 years since I became an American, we’ve been averting our gaze as these sacred assurances slowly have waned. With passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, we look away again as Congress exposes Americans to the specter of prison without charge or trial and smothers that basic right of free citizens to invoke the law against their government. ... But Americans should know that to eyes familiar with tyranny by experience, congressional consent to these broad new powers marks a major milestone on the road to serfdom. Before it’s too late, let us resolve to renew...
  • IMHO -- Obama Makes Bush Look Like An Amateur

    12/16/2011 9:35:32 AM PST · by Chris in VA · 13 replies
    IMHO -- In My Honest Opinion ^ | 12/16/11 | averagedad1
    Clearly Senator Obama, and later Candidate Obama, made it abundantly clear that the indefinite detention of detainees at Guantanamo Bay without the due process of a trial is wrong on all grounds – legal, ethical, and moral. He even goes as far as to say that it works against us in our war on terror. Now, let’s compare that to what has just happened recently… The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been sent to Obama who has said that he will sign it into law. Now, pay attention, this is the part of the law that should frighten all...
  • Proof Obama will sign NDAA 1031 Citizen Imprisonment Law in a few days (Video)

    12/11/2011 9:31:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies · 1+ views
    You Tube ^ | 12/16/11 | CSPAN
    As soon as December 13, the President will sign NDAA Section 1031 into law, permitting citizen imprisonment without evidence or trial. The bill that passed Congress absolutely DOES NOT exempt citizens. The text of Section 1031 reads, "A covered person under this section" includes "any person who has committed a belligerent act". We only have to be ACCUSED, because we don't get a trial. - Confusingly, Obama threatened a veto for 1032, but NOT 1031. 1032 is UNRELATED to imprisoning citizens without a trial. He has never suggested using a veto to stop Section 1031 citizen imprisonment -- in fact,...
  • Conservatives Drop Their Love for the Constitution

    12/09/2011 7:04:01 PM PST · by giotto · 76 replies ^ | December 6, 2011 | A. Barton Hinkle
    <p>Santayana defined fanaticism as redoubling your effort while losing sight of your goal. America’s recent discussions about the war on terror would give him few grounds to change his view.</p> <p>Several GOP presidential candidates have said they would support bringing back waterboarding, a practice the U.S. prosecuted as a war crime after WWII. Apparently it’s only torture when the other side does it.</p>
  • Detainee Fight Goes to Senate

    11/28/2011 7:39:18 AM PST · by Kackikat · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11//28/11 | BY EVAN PEREZ
    A showdown begins Monday in the Senate over the handling of terrorism detainees, with the Obama administration pushing to scuttle a bipartisan proposal that would generally put detainees before a military tribunal. A proposal seeks to largely close the door to civilian trials for detainees, such as those at Guantanamo Bay. The proposal, part of Congress's annual spending bill for the Pentagon, represents the latest escalation of a battle between President Barack Obama and lawmakers over detainee policy that began soon after he ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba........
  • Duke Case -- National District Attorneys Association's President Issues Statement

    04/17/2007 9:49:41 AM PDT · by freespirited · 13 replies · 652+ views
    National District Attorneys Association ^ | 4/16/07 | Mathias H. Heck, Jr.
    ALEXANDRIA, VA – The recent case of the exonerated athletes in North Carolina has affirmed the importance of the ethical standards of America’s prosecutors and serves as a reminder that the primary ethical duty of a prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict. The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) has been instrumental in developing rigorous rules and standards which govern the actions of prosecutors. These standards severely limit public comment on pending cases, the personal belief of the prosecutor as to the defendant’s guilt, the contents or existence of confessions, the results of any scientific tests, and the...
  • DoD Announces WMD-CST Fielding Plan

    03/09/2004 4:44:28 PM PST · by Calpernia · 5 replies · 158+ views
    United States Department of Defense ^ | March 9, 2004 | Media News Release - Pentagon
    The Department of Defense notified Congress today the fielding plan for 12 additional Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs). Congress directed the establishment of 23 additional teams in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY03 and funded the establishment of the first 12 in the Defense Appropriations Act for FY04. Currently, there are 32 certified teams. The decision regarding which states would receive the first 12 teams was based on Defense Threat Reduction Agency analysis of objective criteria such as population density, port and coastal security challenges, location of Department of Defense installations, protection of critical infrastructure, and the...
  • New Civilian Personnel System Moves Forward

    02/19/2004 8:27:22 PM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 133+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 19, 2004 | By Donna Miles
    The Pentagon's personnel chief said he hopes to bring the first 300,000 civilian Defense Department employees under the new National Security Personnel System within the next six months. The system, authorized by the fiscal 2004 National Defense Authorization Act, will introduce sweeping changes to the way the department hires, pays, promotes, disciplines and fires its civilian employees. David S. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told American Forces Radio and Television Service today that progress in introducing the new system is continuing on all fronts. For example, meetings between management and nine unions representing the department's 400,000 employees...
  • New Temporary Health Benefits for Reserves Announced

    02/12/2004 6:34:42 PM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 165+ views
    United States Department of Defense ^ | February 12, 2004 | Media Release
    The Department of Defense announced today that it will implement the “2004 Temporary Reserve Health Benefit Program” for certain eligible Reserve Component sponsors and their family members. The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2004 authorized new health benefits, some permanent and some temporary. The 2004 Temporary Reserve Health Benefit Program includes three temporary Tricare benefit provisions; some are effective as of Nov. 6, 2003, and all expire Dec. 31, 2004. Total expenditures for these new provisions may not exceed the $400 million limit established by Congress for fiscal 2004. Tricare Management Activity...