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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...

    Harford Sheriff's Office announces aviation unit

    Harford Sheriff's Office announces aviation unit
    The Harford Sheriff's Office announced the creation of an aviation unit with the acquisition of a Bell OH-58 helicopter named "Eagle 1." Sheriff L. Jesse Bane said the part-time unit should be fully functional by the beginning of 2014. "If an...

    Military sex assault critics want justice overhaul

    Military sex assault critics want justice overhaul
    Congress was poised late Thursday to pass new legal protections for victims of sexual assault in the military, but victims and their advocates already were looking ahead to a larger battle: the contentious campaign to overhaul the military justice system....