The Defense Department's own attorneys have asked Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to "examine the fitness of Col. John Bogdan for command." The DoD's Office of the Chief Defense Counsel, whose members represent some of the "high value detainees" at Guantanamo Bay prison, submitted the letter on May 20 to address concerns that "relate to the treatment of all prisoners, to include the men whose internment appears to be indefinite." read more
On Wednesday, the 2013 Senate Farm Bill was amended to make those convicted of certain violent crimes ineligible for SNAP (Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, popularly known as food stamps. The amendment was passed by unanimous consent, meaning that neither Republicans nor Democrats objected to the bill. read more
President Obama gave an address at the National Defense University on the future of U.S. anti-terrorism policy on Thursday. The much-anticipated speech focused on the administration’s legal justification for its use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s or drones), the Department of Justice’s surveillance of the Associated Press’ phone lines, and the status of the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.
In the run-up to the speech, media outlets reported that the speech would center on drones and Guantanamo prison; however, President Obama saved the issue of the 166 detainees for the end of his speech; read more
Three weeks ago, All In with Chris Hayes first reported on model Florida High School student Kiera Wilmot, then facing expulsion and felony charges for conducting an independent science experiment on school grounds. After our report and a groundswell of support from the science community, social media platforms and press, the charges against Kiera were dropped. Kiera's punishment was reduced to a ten-day suspension and completion of the Juvenile Justice Diversion Program. read more