Firedoglake Joins Coalition Letter Demanding Congress Restore Whistleblower Rights for Intelligence Contractors

By: Friday October 31, 2014 1:50 pm

This week, Firedoglake joined a diverse, transpartisan coalition of organizations to send a letter to chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Committees on Armed Services, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, demanding Congress restore whistleblower protections for intelligence agency contractors.

While we oppose the reauthorization of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2015, we believe that if it does pass, it must include Senator Claire McCaskill’s Amendment, SA 3711.

 

Hedges v. Obama: The Supreme Court Digs Its Head Deeper Into the Sand

By: Wednesday April 30, 2014 6:36 pm

On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to consider Hedges v. Obama, a constitutional claim challenging a law that could enable the indefinite military detention of US citizens—within the US—without trial, charge, or evidence of crime. The decision is remarkable, both for its implications for fundamental rights, and its reflection on judicial independence.

President Obama vs. His Administration’s Legacy

By: Friday May 24, 2013 5:00 pm

President Obama’s speech yesterday, presenting his vision of a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy, included welcome rhetoric about the importance of constitutional principles, including Due Process and rights to dissent. It may represent the high watermark for civil liberties since his inauguration five years ago.

It is disappointing, given his thoughtful words, that he ignored so many inconvenient truths. From extrajudicial assassination to free speech and freedom of the press, from the need to address root causes of terrorism to partnership with American Muslims, the president promoted important principles but papered over reality.

Illinois State Terrorism Law’s Constitutionality Challenged by Lawyers for NATO 3

By: Friday January 25, 2013 4:11 pm

Three Occupy activists known as the “NATO 3,” who came to Chicago to protest at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit last May and were arrested and later indicted on terrorism charges, are challenging the constitutionality of an untested Illinois anti-terrorism statute under which they were charged.

Closing Guantanamo Prison More Difficult After Obama Signs NDAA

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 9:24 am

President Barack Obama signed the intelligence authorization bill—the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Included in the bill were restrictions that would make it harder for his administration to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison and the Bagram prison in Afghanistan.

In Lawsuit, GOP Senators Want to Help Obama Administration Preserve Military Indefinite Detention Powers

By: Thursday December 27, 2012 9:10 am

Senators from the Republican Party have asked a federal appeals court to permit them to participate in oral argument in a lawsuit against the indefinite detention provision of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Through their lawyers, according to Josh Gerstein of POLITICO, they filed a motion requesting ten minutes to give a presentation on the intent of the provision and how the court’s resolution of this matter could affect or impact Congress.

Indefinite Military Detention Powers and the Death of the Feinstein Amendment

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 3:57 pm

Lawyers involved in bringing a lawsuit against an indefinite detention provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) have expressed outrage over a Congressional conference committee decision to remove an amendment offered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein that she thought would ban the indefinite detention of US citizens.

Feinstein Amendment Further Entrenches Power of Military Indefinite Detention

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 10:05 am

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has put forward a flawed and dangerous amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. It passed on Thursday and purportedly aimed to prevent United States citizens from being detained indefinitely by the military. What it did was further entrench the power of military indefinite detention and make it more likely the power will be used against immigrants in the United States, even though that has historically been unconstitutional.

Feinstein Amendment Further Entrenches Power of Military Indefinite Detention

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 3:50 pm

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has put forward a flawed and dangerous amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. It passed on Thursday and purportedly aimed to prevent United States citizens from being detained indefinitely by the military. What it did was further entrench the power of military indefinite detention and make it more likely the power will be used against immigrants in the United States, even though that has historically been unconstitutional.

Senate Passes Indefinite Detention Limitations Amid Various Interpretations of the Statute Language

By: Friday November 30, 2012 12:28 pm

Depending on who you believe, the Senate either voted today to limit indefinite detention practices or voted to allow those limits to be determined by the executive branch. You may need a degree in linguistics to figure this one out.

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