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House Passes Authority for Worldwide War

House Passes Authority for Worldwide War

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 5:52pm
The House just passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including a provision to authorize worldwide war, which has no expiration date and will allow this president — and any future president — to go to war anywhere in the world, at any time, without further congressional authorization. The new authorization wouldn’t even require the president to show any threat to the national security of the United States. The American military could become the world’s cop, and could be sent into harm’s way almost anywhere and everywhere around the globe.

Time to Turn the Page on Endless War

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 12:12pm

In an earlier post, we said that we don't have to say no to war forever, but we must say no to a forever war.

Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post wrote about the harm caused as a result of 10 years of war:

It's hard to overstate…

Mass Con-Fusion

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 5:01pm

You mean to tell me that it is legal for corporations from the private sector to team up with local law enforcement officials in efforts to spy on innocent members of our society? You also mean to tell me that the synthesis of law enforcement authority and the drive of for-profit companies operate under little to no guidelines or restrictions and it is unclear to whom they are responsible to?

Welcome to the world of fusion centers, where according to an article by Eric Schmitt of The New York Times, Surveillance Effort Draws Civil Liberties Concern:

A growing number of big-city police departments and other law enforcement agencies across the country are embracing a new system to report suspicious activities that officials say could uncover terrorism plots…

…Officers are filling out terror tips sheets if they run across activities in their routines that seem out of place, like someone buying police or firefighter uniforms, taking pictures of a power plant or espousing extremist views.

Really, taking pictures of power plants? Espousing extremist views? These actions are worthy of being written up in a daily intelligence briefing on terrorism? I never knew taking pictures of power plants was illegal or could be suspicious enough to be considered a potential terrorist threat. And last time I checked the First Amendment was still intact and protected the freedom to voice your own views.

 

Al Franken Flags Torture Program Architect at NDAA Hearing

Al Franken Flags Torture Program Architect at NDAA Hearing

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 11:47am

The senator took the opportunity yesterday to publicly condemn the torture program and question the credibility of Steven Bradbury's testimony.

House Gets Ready to Vote on New Worldwide War

House Gets Ready to Vote on New Worldwide War

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 1:06pm

A hugely important provision for Congress to authorize a new worldwide war has been tucked away inside the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill was marked up by members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) last Wednesday that poured into Thursday morning (2:45 a.m. to be exact).

First-Ever Hearing on NDAA Indefinite Military Detention

First-Ever Hearing on NDAA Indefinite Military Detention

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 5:04pm

Though this hearing was a good first step in fixing the mess made by the NDAA, it's clear neither side of the debate plans to give an inch.

Reid Detains Defense Bill over Problematic Detention Language

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 2:57pm

Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made it clear that significant changes to the detention provisions in the Defense Authorization bill are in order. In a letter to Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ), Reid…

Congress Denies Authority for War in Libya

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 10:57am

One thing is clear after the House of Representatives considered two measures regarding military action in Libya last Friday — the president does not have authority to take the United States to war there.

In March, we wrote to members…

More Eyes Needed on Congress as they Prepare to Vote on Worldwide War Authorization

More Eyes Needed on Congress as they Prepare to Vote on Worldwide War Authorization

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 4:50pm

The fact that Congress is getting ready to vote on a new worldwide war is finally receiving the attention it deserves — by the media.

The New York Times ran an editorial today that highlights the lunacy under which many members of…

Cheney Digs in on Legacy of Torture

Cheney Digs in on Legacy of Torture

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 5:11pm

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is busy promoting his new book. The take-home message appears to be: He is not sorry for the torture and abuse that took place during the Bush administration.

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