December 21, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
US President Barack Obama signed the annual federal defense policy bill into law Friday but expressed dissatisfaction over provisions that limit the his ability to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. HR 3979 authorizes a $585 billion dollar budget for Department of Defense (DOD) ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
The first major legislative push to repeal DADT during the Obama administration was advanced by the US House of Representatives and Senate Armed Services Committee in May 2010. The repeal was included as an amendment to the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 before the House. The ...[read more]
June 6, 2013
by G. Redd
The House Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would keep the detention center at Guantanamo Bay open despite President Barack Obama's renewed statements that he will close it. According to the official summary, "While the NDAA ...[read more]
January 3, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
US President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) into law on Thursday. The bill, which authorizes appropriations for military activities for 2013, expressly prohibits using funds to transfer individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay and also prohibits using funds ...[read more]
December 9, 2012
by Sarah Steers
On December 9, 2010, the US Senate fell three votes short of the 60 votes needed for a cloture motion for a defense spending bill, which included a provision for the repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy regarding gays in the military. This failure to adopt a motion for ...[read more]
May 30, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On May 30, 2010, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, urged the US Congress to delay passing a legislative amendment to repeal the military's controversial Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy which forbid homosexuals from serving openly in the US military. Mullen stated ...[read more]
January 11, 2012
by Clay Flaherty
6/18/2013: Federal judge urged new approach in handling Guantanamo detainee cases 6/17/2013: US government released names of indefinite Guantanamo detainees 6/17/2013: President Obama appointed Guantanamo closure envoy 6/10/2013: US military prosecutors charged Guantanamo detainee with war ...[read more]
December 15, 2011
by Jennie Ryan
The White House on Wednesday announced that President Barack Obama no longer intends to veto the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012. The about face comes after revisions by lawmakers that address the concerns of the Obama administration related to the treatment of terror suspects. The ...[read more]
December 13, 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Leaders in the US House and Senate on Monday evening announced that they had reached an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 after making some modifications and adding text. The bill, which was passed by the Senate in its original form earlier this month, included a ...[read more]
December 2, 2011
by Hillary Stemple
The US Senate on Thursday voted 93-7 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012, including a controversial provision authorizing the president to use "all necessary and appropriate force" to detain individuals suspected of terrorism. The Senate on Tuesday rejected an amendment to the ...[read more]

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