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How the Guantanamo Bay Trial Will Test the Obama Administration’s Overhaul of the Tribunals System

By   /  December 28, 2011  /  Featured  /  No Comments

Ever since its post-9/11 War on Terror declaration, the United States has faced continuous scrutiny over its detention, treatment, and trial of enemy combatants. On Wednesday, November 9, the first militar y commission case during Obama’s term commenced with the arraignment of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. A Saudi citizen, Nashiri was charged with the 2000 bombing […]

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Administration Drops Veto Threat, Will Sign Indefinite Detention Bill

By   /  December 28, 2011  /  Trending Topics  /  No Comments

The Obama Administration this month abandoned an earlier commitment to veto a new bill permitting indefinite military detention without trial of terrorist suspects, including American citizens, and enacting provisions that will essentially keep Guant anamo open indefinitely. The detention provisions are part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual omnibus bill authorizing […]

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Keystone XL: National Security Arguments Hide Real Debate

By   /  December 26, 2011  /  Featured, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

No large pipeline project in recent memory has gotten more press than Keystone XL, a pipeline proposed by TransCanada to carry oil from the oil sands in Alberta and other Canadian sources to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas. Both supporters and oppon ents of the project cite national security concerns as a major factor in […]

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The Arsenal of Democracy: The Export Reform Control Imitative

By   /  December 22, 2011  /  Featured  /  No Comments

With the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drawing down and massive budget cuts either being instituted or being predicted United States defense companies have begun to look internationally for their profits. They are being aided by the last source th at many would have suspected in 2008, the Obama administration. After President Obama ordered […]

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Fast and Furious Operation Sheds Light on Dangerous Border: A Look at Gun Laws and Renewal of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban

By   /  December 21, 2011  /  Trending Topics  /  No Comments

At his recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the controversial “Fast and Furious” operation, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “[w]e must be careful not to lose sight of the critical problem that this flawed investigation has highlighted: we are losing the battle to stop the flow of illegal guns to Mexico.” The operation, […]

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