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National Defense Authorization Act

The National Defense Authorization Act of NDAA is a federal law that has been enacted yearly for decades to specify the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense.

Sections 1031 and 1032 of the 2012 version of the law, controversial to the general public, have been perceived as threats to the Bill of Rights. They allow for the indefinite military detention of any individual suspected of "belligerent acts," lowering the bar for detention from terrorism to vaguely defined "belligerence," challenging the general judicial status of "innocent until proven guilty" and effectively suppressing the right of citizens to a trial.
The National Defense Authorization Act of NDAA is a federal law that has been enacted yearly for decades to specify the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense.

Sections 1031 and 1032 of the 2012 version of the law, controversial to the general public, have been perceived as threats to the Bill of Rights. They allow for the indefinite military detention of any individual suspected of "belligerent acts," lowering the bar for detention from terrorism to vaguely defined "belligerence," challenging the general judicial status of "innocent until proven guilty" and effectively suppressing the right of citizens to a trial.
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  • Ambassador Stevens' death could have been avoided [Letter]

    As the details of the Benghazi catastrophe continue to unravel, it is so sad because in retrospect the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his three cohorts could have been avoided.
  • Benghazi could have been prevented [Letter]

    Benghazi could have been prevented [Letter]
    As the details of the Benghazi catastrophe continue to unravel, the whole episode is so depressing because, in retrospect, the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his three cohorts could have been avoided ("The latest Benghazi attack," May 5). It had...

    Harford sheriff's new helicopter revs into action

    Harford sheriff's new helicopter revs into action
    Eagle 1, the Harford County Sheriff's Office's newly acquired Bell OH-58 helicopter, took its inaugural operational flight on the morning of April 17 in front of a crowd of leading officials in the law enforcement agency. Chief Pilot Sean Martson revved...

    Information points to loss of religious freedom in our military [Letter]

    I wonder if my Laurel friends and neighbors are aware of what's been happening in the military lately. Those who defend our freedoms have been losing theirs; instances of religious persecution in the military have become a somewhat regular occurrence....

    Cold War-era 'Warthog' targeted for retirement

    Cold War-era 'Warthog' targeted for retirement
    The A-10 Thunderbolt II, a snub-nosed ground-attack plane that the Maryland Air National Guard has flown in Iraq and Afghanistan, is the latest aircraft to find its way onto the Pentagon's endangered weapons list. Outfitted with a seven-barrel Gatling...