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Human rights attorney: Defense bill will ‘gut the Constitution’

Raha Wala, Advocacy Counsel for Human Rights First, told Countdown host Keith Olbermann on Tuesday night that a controversial provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 would practically destroy habeas corpus — a guaranteed trial for those accused of a crime. Sections 1031 and 1032…

Congress keeps sodomy ban in defense bill

The House-Senate conference committee has kept the military’s current policy on sodomy in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012. In a move that riled some social conservatives, the Senate version of the legislation repealed Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which prohibits “unnatural…

Bernie Sanders confronts defense contractor fraud

Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Senate floor Wednesday urged lawmakers to make the Pentagon fight against defense contractor fraud as they debated the National Defense Authorization Act. “This country has a record breaking deficit and a $15 trillion national debt,” he said. “What many people do not know is that…

White House threatens to veto bill containing ‘worldwide war’ provision

The White House threatened Tuesday to veto the National Defense Authorization Act because of controversial provisions, such as section 1034, which would authorize the United States to use military force anywhere there are terrorism suspects, including within the U.S. itself. “The Administration strongly objects to section 1034 which, in purporting…

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