Tuesday, November 29, 2011

National Defense Authorization Act-S.1867 - #3452 - VIDEO: Judge Napolitano - The War Over Military Reform - Freedom Watch - Fox News (2) Senate Defies Obama Veto Threat in Terrorist Custody Vote - Washington Times (3) Despite Veto Threat, Detainee Provision Advances in DOD Bill - The Hill



National Defense Authorization Act - S.1867 - The War Over Military Reform - Freedom Watch - Col. Douglas Macgregor, (Ret.), explains why provisions of the NDAA fly in the face of Constitutional principles and what’s really needed to reform our military and bring it into the 21st century. AW: In the first 2:50 minutes of this clip, the above Act is discussed. Judge Napolitano is very concerned over the wording in this Bill and it's impact on American citizens by the military. Please watch the video for more information.  There is a lot of confusion over this Act and the language in Sections 1031 and 1032. I called Senator DeMint's office earlier today to determine his position.  His aide said they have received many telephone calls on this, and Senator DeMint had not taken an official position and was researching the language in the above Sections of the bill. It was to be voted on tomorrow or Thursday. The Udall Amendment was rejected, 16 Democrats voted against it, as well as 44 Republicans according to Senator DeMints office. I just contacted them again and Senator DeMint still has not taken an official position on the bill.

Another twist to this Bill, read below:

Senate Defies Obama Veto Threat in Terrorist Custody Vote - Washington Times Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the Senate voted Tuesday to preserve language that would give the U.S. military a crack at al Qaeda operatives captured in the U.S., even if they are American citizens.  Led by Sen. Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, senators voted 61-37 to preserve the language that gives the military custody of al Qaeda suspects, rather than turning them over to law enforcement officials.  “We are at war with al Qaeda and people determined to be part of al Qaeda should be treated as people who are at war with us,” Mr. Levin said.  He and Arizona Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on his committee, had struck a deal earlier this month on giving the military priority custody, while allowing the administration to waive that and give civilian authorities priority if it deems the waiver in the interests of national security.  The White House and its Senate allies objected and tried to block the changes, instead calling for the issue to be studied further.  They argued giving the military priority could complicate investigations into terrorist suspects in the U.S., and said it opens the door to indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens.  Read more........  AW:  After reading this account of the Udall Amendment, any language Obama is for, I am usually against, and I do prefer the military to have the operatives in custody rather than law enforcement officials.  I will contact Senator DeMint's office tomorrow to inquire if he has taken a position on the entire Bill.

Despite Veto Threat, Detainee Provision Advances in DOD Bill - The Hill - The Senate plans to finish work this week on a defense bill containing controversial provisions regarding the detention of terror suspects, which has drawn a veto threat from the White House.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to hold a cloture vote Wednesday for the defense authorization bill, and the Senate hopes to wrap up the bill with a final vote by Thursday, Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said Monday.  The march forward pits a Democratic committee chairman against the White House in an escalating dispute over new rules for military custody of al Qaeda terror suspects.  After the Armed Services Committee passed the bill 26-0 earlier this month, the White House threatened to veto it if the detainee portions were not altered.  Following two months of negotiations, the White House and Levin have not resumed talks over the detainee provisions since the bill was voted out of committee, Levin and an administration official told The Hill.  Read more.........

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