The Pentagon has just announced the new DoD special envoy for Guantanamo closure: Paul Lewis.
Secretary Hagel Announces Appointment to Key Defense Post
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today announced the appointment of Paul M. Lewis to the position of Special
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Carrie Cordero, Georgetown’s Director of National Security Studies and a former Justice Department official, writes in with the following useful compilation of administration warnings about the effects of sequestration on national security:
One might think it would have been
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In his post on Senator Rand Paul’s proposal regarding citizens and the NDAA, Bobby highlights a recurring and important question: why is it so hard for ostensibly civil libertarian legislators explicitly to oppose the domestic detention of U.S. citizens? To … Read more »
Raff pointed earlier to a USA Today op-ed by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services committee. His piece is styled as a response – an “opposing view,” in USA Today parlance – to an… Read more »
[UPDATE: If one looks at the draft NDAA provisions approved by the HASC Emerging Threats Subcomittee (Chairman Mac Thornberry, Hook ‘Em), there is at section 942 a provision calling for quarterly reporting to SASC and HASC of DOD’s significant cyberspace … Read more »
[UPDATE 5/10/12: Whoops. Careful readers will note that the new bill omits the congressional-notification language from last year's bill...at least in the text of the statute, though not in the explanatory statement. I explain here.]
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You can read the detention-specific portions of the December 14th House debate on the conference report here.
Here are some highlights:
Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) presented a strident opposition to the provisions. His comments begin right on page 1:… Read more »
Yesterday the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Guantanamo Detainee Transfer Policy and Recidivism.
The link to the hearing Web site, which has links to the prepared witness testimony, is here. The … Read more »