March 21, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Friday that the Department of Defense (DOD) must release photographs requested by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for images depicting the abuse of prisoners in ...[read more]
April 5, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit on Friday brought against officials of the Obama administration for the 2011 drone strikes that killed three US citizens in Yemen. The lawsuit was specifically brought against former defense secretary, Leon Panetta ...[read more]
February 12, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday signed a memorandum extending government benefits to same-sex partners of military personnel that were previously available only to spouses. Some of the benefits now extended to same-sex partners include access to commissaries, family counseling, child ...[read more]
January 24, 2013
by Jerry Votava
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Thursday announced plans to permit women in the US military to serve in front-line combat units. This is a significant change to the Department of Defense (DOD) 1994 direct ground combat definition and assignment rule that prohibits women from these serving ...[read more]
July 17, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On July 17, 2009, the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee announced its intent to launch an investigation into plans by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate al Qaeda members. The Committee wanted to learn whether former vice president Dick Cheney told the CIA to hide ...[read more]
May 15, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On May 15, 2009, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Leon Panetta defended information the CIA provided to the US Congress on the use of interrogation techniques during the Bush administration. Panett'a comments came in response to allegations by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, ...[read more]
March 13, 2012
by Hillary Stemple
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta indicated on Tuesday that a US soldier accused of shooting and killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges. The identity of the US sergeant accused of the shootings has not been released, but the sergeant is ...[read more]
January 24, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla, who alleged that he had been illegally detained at a military jail in South Carolina. Claiming nominal monetary redress against Secretary of ...[read more]
September 16, 2011
by Hillary Stemple
Two Republican Congressmen have sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking to delay the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) , scheduled to go into effect next Tuesday. Congressman Buck McKeon (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Joe Wilson ( ...[read more]
July 22, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk
US President Barack Obama on Friday certified the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT), the controversial policy barring openly gay individuals from serving in the military. The repeal was also certified by newly sworn-in Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Joint Chiefs of Staff and ...[read more]

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