The National Defense Authorization Act is almost passed in both Houses of Congress according to the link that Pat sent us from Military.com. It secured a whopping 1% pay raise for the troops and, the best news is that retirees who were booted from Tricare prime are being given an opportunity to re-enroll; Patricia Kime […]
This summer the House finally passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, catapulting military issues to the forefront of public debate. Among these issues was the question of Humanist chaplains in the military. Currently nearly 30 percent of the military identifies as religiously unaffiliated or atheist/agnostic. Yet there is not a single atheist […]
In a surprising win Tuesday night, the White House and top Senate Democrats successfully defended provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act that would loosen restrictions on transferring detainees out of Guantanamo Bay, advancing President Obama’s goal of closing the facility by a margin of 55-43. Show More Summary
On Monday the White House pressed the Pentagon to rein in Tricare costs and begin a new round of base closings as the Senate took up the National Defense Authorization Act on the military?s 2014 budget.
More than 70 members of the US Military are raped every day. That's three every hour. Yesterday, the National Defense Authorization Act came to the Senate floor. As a result, sometime during the next week, Senator Kristin Gillibrand's controversial Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), will be debated. Show More Summary
How many lawsuits have been brought as a result of a vague, poorly-drafted statue? Here is another one. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 contained a provision that authorized the military to imprison anyone suspected of providing "substantial" assistance or support to terrorist groups "until the end of hostilities."......
Now Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) has sponsored a new amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would bar atheists from joining the chaplain corps. In discussing the amendment, Rep. Fleming said that an atheist chaplain is an oxymoron. Show More Summary
Last month, Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) suggested an amendment (PDF) to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow Humanist, ethical culturist, or atheist chaplains in the Army Chaplains Corps: The Secretary of DefenseShow More Summary
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) has proposed an amendment to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act to "end authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act," causing swift preemptive responses from the White House and the NSA. Show More Summary
A court order enjoining the United State government from using a provision of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act has been overturned by a federal appeals court.
The National Defense Authorization Act recently approved by the House would build on powers currently available to government to allow unrestricted access to all personal data collected “during combat operations from countries, organizations,...Show More Summary
An amendment to the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), if it remains in the bill and is signed into law, would give gays serving...
On June 13, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) introduced an amendment to the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act. Huelskamp's amendment, with the heading "Meetings with Respect...
Earlier this week, Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) put forth an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would allow for non-religious military chaplains: The Secretary of Defense shall provide for the appointment, as officers...Show More Summary
On June 13, Congress voted to limit President Obama's ability to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens who are suspected of terrorism. By a vote of 214-211, Congress approved an amendment to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) saying that "nothing in U.S. Show More Summary
The House of Representatives on Friday afternoon approved the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision requiring stricter punishments for members of the armed forces who commit sex-related crimes. The bill requires a jail term minimum of two years for any member of the military convicted of rape or sexual assault. The bill’s passage [...]
Last week, House Republicans adopted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that expands “conscience protections” for military chaplains and servicemembers. The provision, offered by Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) enables anti-gay bullying by tying the hands of commanding officers when harassment is taking place. The White House noted its objection to the amendment in [...]
The Obama administration released a statement condemning protections for rights of conscience for members of the armed forces. Language in the National Defense Authorization Act requires the military to accommodate the religious speech of its members. Show More Summary
(Photo credit: Wikipedia) President Obama continued his assault on freedom of religion in America this week by threatening to veto the the National Defense Authorization Act 2014. The President says that he ‘strongly objects to an amendment attached to the bill that supports religious liberty for those in the US military. Here’s a quote [...]
The Obama Administration “strongly objects” to a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have protected the religious rights of soldiers – including evangelical Christian service members who are facing growing hostility towards their religion. Show More Summary