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Barack Obama’s ‘extreme’ anti-terror tactics face liberal backlash

Drone attacks and new NDAA law under fire as critics fear US civil liberties are being undermined President Barack Obama is facing a liberal backlash over his hardline national security policy, which critics say is more extreme and conservative than that pursued by George W Bush. The outrage comes after…

U.S. anti-terrorism law curbs free speech and activist work, court told

Controversy over NDAA centres on loose definition of key words, such as who are ‘associated forces’ of named terrorist groups. A group political activists and journalists has launched a legal challenge to stop an American law they say allows the US military to arrest civilians anywhere in the world and…

Obama sidesteps NDAA provision requiring military custody for terror suspects

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama announced measures Tuesday allowing civilian investigators to handle cases of terror suspects, effectively sidestepping a 2011 law requiring they be brought before military courts. The directive provides more flexibility to the president in deciding whether to use military tribunals to try foreign terror suspects,…

Washington lawmakers introduce bill condemning NDAA

Five Republican lawmakers from Washington state have introduced legislation that condemns the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 for controversial measures regarding the detainment of terrorism suspects, according to the Tenth Amendment Center. The $662 billion defense spending bill contained a controversial section that required terrorism suspects to be…

Constitutional attorney: Guantanamo ‘nearly impossible to close’ thanks to NDAA

The U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will not be closing any time soon thanks to President Barack Obama’s approval of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a constitutional attorney who’s represented terrorism suspects told Raw Story this week in an exclusive interview. Even though President Barack Obama made…

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…

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