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NDAA 2013 Still Allows Military Detention In US

The law allowing for indefinite detention of Americans without trial has been stripped from next year’s National Defense Authorization Act, but tweaks to the NDAA don’t mean the possibility of extrajudicial imprisonment has been eliminated for all. When US President Barack Obama signed into law the annual defense spending bill for 2012, he acknowledged that he had reservations about a provision that allows ...

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There’s A Giant Loophole In The Feinstein Amendment To The NDAA

An amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and passed by a 67-29 vote late Thursday has been hailed as a way to end the prospect of indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. But it isn't, because there's a catch. 
 Here's the key sentence of the amendment: "An authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority shall ...

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New 2013 NDAA – Easier To Detain Americans

At first glance it looked like the 2013 version National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) did more to protect Americans against indefinite detention. We and several other news organizations reported as much yesterday.   But on closer examination the new NDAA actually makes it EASIER to detain citizens indefinitely. Here's the added clause in question: “Nothing in the AUMF or the 2012 NDAA shall be cons ...

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FAA: Drone Operators Have Zero Privacy Obligations

In a response to questions from lawmakers, the Federal Aviation Authority admitted that surveillance drone operators have zero privacy obligations, prompting Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) to complain that the federal agency is greasing the skids for authorities to gather private information on regular Americans. 
 Markey and Barton, who co-chair the congressional privacy caucus, sent a ...

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U-Turn: Senate Moves to Eliminate Indefinite Detention Provision of NDAA

To screams and protests from the American people, Congress overwhelmingly supported passage of the National Defense Authorization Act which, among other things, allowed for the indefinite detention of Americans without charge or trial should they be arrested or held under suspicion of loosely-based definitions for domestic terrorism. A super-majority 86% of Senators supported the measure, which was signed b ...

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Surveillance Grid Moves Ahead With VoIP Spying

Once upon a time, privacy was not a word that was foreign to the English language. In that time long ago, police and governments would often have to manufacture an incident (like 9/11) in order to successfully push for more legal powers to monitor private conversations or access data without a warrant. However, in 2012, the premise of the invasion of privacy is no longer necessary. Now, the debate itself is ...

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NDAA 2013: Let’s Identify The Traitors

By now anyone who pays attention to politics knows that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 contained a provision that allows for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without charge or trial. Section 1021 of the 2012 NDAA states that anyone suspected of being involved in terrorism or “belligerent acts” against the U.S. can be detained by the military under the so-called Authorization ...

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Done in by the PATRIOT Act: The Grand Irony of the Petraeus Sex Scandal

There is a delicious irony to the story of the crash-and-burn career of Four-Star General and later (at least briefly) CIA Director David Petraeus. The man who was elevated to the ethereal ranks of a General Eisenhower or Robert E. Lee by swooning corporate myth makers like the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Trudy Rubin, the Washington Post’s David Iglesias, and the NY Times’ Michael Gordon, was never really that ...

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It’s Official: Liberals and Conservatives Becoming Zombies

In the wake of the 2012 Presidential election, the expected gloating over Obama’s victory and sulking over Romney’s defeat by their respective supporters is taking its typical turn toward the absurd, at least for those who are aware of the true lack of choice that was presented in this election. As every other failed presidential campaign in history has done, the Romney camp will soon come to grips with the ...

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NDAA Critic Allowed Home After Being Stranded On Island

A Mississippi man has been allowed back to the United States mainland after being stranded in Hawaii last week when his name popped-up on a no-fly list mid-flight. Even still, Wade E. Hicks, Jr. says he wants some answers. Hicks, 34, says he’s yet to receive either an explanation or an apology from the US government as to why he was barred from flying from Hawaii to Japan to visit his wife earlier this mont ...

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No-Fly List Strands Man In On Island In Hawaii

Hawaii is a paradise for most visitors. But it was Wade Hicks Jr.'s prison for five days. The 34-year-old from Gulfport, Miss., was stranded in the islands this week after being told he was on the FBI's no-fly list during a layover for a military flight from California to Japan. The episode left Hicks scrambling to figure out how he'd get home from Hawaii without being able to fly. Then he was abruptly remo ...

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