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The National Security Consensus on NDAA

Report 9 December 2011
Bipartisan opposition continues to mount to provisions in the defense authorization bill passed by the House and Senate and currently heading to conference. The provisions would mandate military detention and permit indefinite detention of terrorism suspects including American citizens taken in the U.S. and harden restrictions on the transfer of terror suspects. Recent weeks have seen an outpouring of support from conservatives and progressives, lawyers and security professionals, editorial boards and government officials. Adam Serwer writes, "It's official: Just about the only people who think the mandatory military detention provisions in the defense spending bill are a good idea are the congressional legislators trying to show everyone how tough on terror they are." [Mother Jones, 12/6/11]
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Will Congress Detain Effective Counterterrorism?

Report 7 December 2011
Bipartisan opposition continues to mount to provisions in the defense authorization bill passed by the House and Senate and currently heading to conference. The provisions would mandate military detention and permit indefinite detention of terrorism suspects including American citizens taken in the U.S. and harden restrictions on the transfer of terror suspects. Recent weeks have seen an outpouring of support from conservatives and progressives, lawyers and security professionals, editorial boards and government officials. Adam Serwer writes, "It's official: Just about the only people who think the mandatory military detention provisions in the defense spending bill are a good idea are the congressional legislators trying to show everyone how tough on terror they are."
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Matters of Injustice

News Politico 30 November 2011
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The National Security Consensus on NDAA

Report 29 November 2011
The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is currently being debated on the Senate floor. An unprecedented array of security and military experts has raised concerns about portions of the bill that would authorize indefinite detention, mandate military custody of terrorism suspects and impose stringent restrictions on transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The bipartisan consensus opposing those provisions includes the head of the FBI, the Director of National Intelligence, the secretary of defense, 26 retired generals and admirals, senior interrogators and counterterrorism officials from the Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations.  Senators Mark Udall (D-CO), Jim Webb (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) are sponsoring an amendment that would strip the bill of these provisions, which is expected to be voted on today. As one former Bush administration official said, these provisions "could actually weaken our counterterrorism efforts."
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