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  • Obama Signs NDAA; DCM to Sell Surplus .45s

    11/26/2015 6:57:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On Wednesday, 25 November, 2015, President Barack Hussein Obama signed the National Defense Authorization act.  He had vetoed the first version of the bill to reach his desk on 22 October, 2015, about a month ago.  In the latest version, S. 1356, there is a section, 1087, which re-authorizes the Civilian Marksmanship Program to sell surplus 1911 and 1911A1 pistols and their parts and accessories to the public.  The sales are limited to 10,000 per year.  There are about 100,000 of these pistols available that are surplus, so they should be available for a several years.From the bill(pdf):''(h) AUTHORIZED TRANSFERS.-(1)...
  • Obama vetoes defense funding bill to get back at Republicans

    10/23/2015 6:07:55 PM PDT · by 100American · 11 replies ^ | October 23, 2015 | Allen West
    An issue that reflects the utter political nature of Barack Obama is this statement, “This legislation specifically impeded our ability to close Guantanamo in a way that I have repeatedly argued is counterproductive to our efforts to defeat terrorism around the world.” But here, ladies and gents, is the truth as shared by the HASC staff led by Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) “FACT: The President has never submitted a plan for closing Guantanamo Bay. Despite years of campaigning and veto threats, he has never proposed where detainees too dangerous to release might be held, or what he would do with...
  • GOP Challenges Obama: Are You Really Going to Veto Our Bipartisan Defense Bill?

    10/21/2015 8:45:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 21, 2015 | Guy Benson
    We've been critical of Republicans' chronic inability to thrust political predicaments upon Senate Democrats and President Obama by forcefully spotlighting risky, unpopular filibusters, and forcing politically painful vetoes. Progress on these fronts has been maddeningly rare, though not nonexistent. With additional Democratic obstruction efforts afoot, the GOP now appears poised to require presidential vetoes on measures that would gut much of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, via a budget maneuver known as reconciliation.  But perhaps their best opportunity to draw political blood, or even win, is on a showdown involving the National Defense Authorization Act, which large bipartisan majorities have now sent to Obama's desk, directly challenging a veto threat: Speaker...
  • NDAA 2016: Almost $1B to Arm and Train Syrian, Ukrainian Rebels

    10/15/2015 4:34:56 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | October 15, 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    The Senate has approved a 2016 Defense Department spending bill that earmarks nearly $1 billion to arm Syrian and Ukrainian rebels, including several batallions adopting neo-Nazi symbols and slogans. By a veto-proof 70-27 vote, the Senate voted on October 7 to approve the $612 billion Pentagon appropriation bill for 2016, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). While most of the items in the bill would never be approved were our government to be bound by the enumerated powers of the Constitution, a few of the provisions are particularly pernicious.
  • Sen. Heller, John McCain Wouldn't Accept Amendment to Arm Troops on Bases Before Chattanooga Attack

    07/25/2015 12:42:50 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 22 replies ^ | 7/25/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    During a July 23 interview on the Lars Larson Show, Senator Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) said that in June he “submitted an amendment” to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) “to give military base commanders the authority to allow service members to carry personal firearms.” That was weeks before the heinous attack on Chattanooga, but he says the amendment went nowhere because Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) “didn’t want the amendment as part of the bill and wouldn’t accept it.” On July 21–just 5 days after the heinous attack in Chattanooga–Senator Heller re-introduced his amendment...
  • Cruz, Paul push for ban on indefinite detention of US citizens

    06/15/2015 1:07:00 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 12, 2015, 02:38 pm | Jordain Carney
    Two 2016 presidential competitors have joined forces to get a ban on the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens included in an annual defense policy bill. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), both of whom are running for president, have joined up with other senators to introduce an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), currently before the Senate, that would ban indefinite detention of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, without being charged or given a trial, unless authorized by Congress.Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also put their names on the...
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • Pro-Immigration Provision Stripped From Defense Bill (moderates and democrats hardest hit!)

    05/14/2015 4:53:52 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 5/14/15 | Emma Dumain
    A bipartisan coalition came close Thursday to protecting immigration-related language in the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act — but not close enough. A 221-202 vote on an amendment, offered by Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., stripped a provision in the underlying bill encouraging the Pentagon to study options for enlisting undocumented immigrants into the military in exchange for a pathway to legal status. All 182 Democrats voted “no,” joined by 20 Republicans. Passage of the Brooks amendment will prompt a sigh of relief from GOP leaders, who feared its failure would put the entire NDAA bill in jeopardy — at...

    05/14/2015 7:06:43 PM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Tea Party Network ^ | May 14, 2015 | Colleen Conley
    NDAA CUTS MILITARY PERSONNEL to ADD ILLEGALS Seeking Amnesty May 14, 2015 By Colleen Conley The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 is currently being bandied about by Congress, with potentially dire circumstances facing our armed services. The NDAA sets the legal framework within which the defense budget operates and informs the Department of Defense what it must or cannot do in various areas. The current debate swirling around the FY16 NDAA demonstrates the inability of Congress to grasp the primary issues which determine funding of the military; the Budget Control Act of 2011 and entitlement spending. In...
  • Former Congressman and Lt. Col. Allen West Speaks Out Against Military Amnesty

    05/14/2015 5:51:42 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | Jun 13th 2014
    Former U.S. Congressman and Lt. Col. Allen West expressed his opposition to a potential move by Pres. Obama to use military enlistment as a vehicle to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. In a post on his website on Thursday, Lt. Col. West said, "the purpose of serving our nation should not be about earning citizenship. It should be about being a guardian of the Republic." Lt. Col. West added that he'll speak out against any Member of Congress who supports a policy to grant a military amnesty.
  • Friendly reminder: La Raza operative Alex Conant still works for Marco Rubio

    05/14/2015 4:38:34 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    Rush Limbaugh praised Marco Rubio on Thursday, as noted by Rubio adviser Alex Conant… Conant is La Raza’s point man in Rubio’s office. In 2013, in defense of Rubio’s plan to flood the United States with illegal aliens, Conant wrote…
  • Oath Keepers Founder Calls for John McCain To Be ‘Hung By The Neck Until Dead’ (for treason)

    05/13/2015 11:48:57 AM PDT · by drewh · 52 replies ^ | 11:52 am, May 13th, 2015 | by Tina Nguyen
    For the uninitiated, the Oath Keepers is a group of law enforcement officials and military types whose goal is to uphold the Constitution, unless the government starts getting unconstitutionally tyrannical in their business. With that in mind, here’s one of them calling for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to be tried and hung to death. Via Right Wing Watch comes a video of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes speaking to a conservative gathering in Arizona. In the middle of his speech, reminding the audience of how Ron Paul delegates were shut out of the 2008 GOP convention he blasted the former...
  • House Committee Approves Amendment that Affirms Pres. Obama's DACA Amnesty

    05/04/2015 5:50:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | 5-1-15 | melanie oubre
    The House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment, offered by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), on Wednesday to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 that affirms Pres. Obama's unconstitutional 2012 DACA amnesty. The amendment was narrowly approved 33-to-30 by the Committee, mostly along party lines, but with enough GOP support to pass. The amendment expressed that it's the sense of Congress to encourage the Secretary of Defense to waive military enlistment requirements for illegal aliens who receive Pres. Obama's DACA amnesty. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) grants amnesty and work permits to illegal aliens who would have qualified for...
  • Congressman Blasts Colleagues [Money for active duty troops cut in secret back room deal]

    12/09/2014 2:04:01 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 31 replies
    Florida News Flash ^ | Dec. 8, 2014 | Congressman Rich Nugent
    Since I’ve been in Congress, I’ve been frustrated at times. On occasion, I’ve been pretty well furious. This week, if I’m honest, it was a feeling of being deeply, deeply disappointed with this institution and the way it seems to work these days. To make a very long story very short, the United States Congress has, for the last fifty-three years straight, passed a National Defense Authorization Act to fund each and every line item for our military. No matter how dysfunctional the Congress has gotten at times during those fifty-three years, we’ve always managed to recognize the solemn responsibility...
  • Congress Includes Land Grab Provisions in National Defense Authorization

    12/08/2014 6:07:54 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 3 Dec 2014 | Edwin Mora
    Some lawmakers negotiated the inclusion of land grab provisions in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will expand the already massive federal real state holdings. Critics consider those provisions pork because they have nothing to do with defense or national security. The NDAA provides guidance for U.S. defense spending and policy. It is considered a “must-pass” legislation. ... When asked to comment on the potential land grab, Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), told Breitbart News, "Controversial legislation that has not been debated and is completely irrelevant to our national defense should have no part...
  • Ft. Hood Victims May Get Purple Heart, Lingering Questions Remain (It's About Time)

    12/08/2014 10:10:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | December 8, 2014 | Larry Provost
    The House has finally approved recognition to the victims of the 2009 Islamic terror attack at Ft. Hood. The Senate may pass the legislation this week. However, lingering questions remain. In June 2009 Islamic terrorist Major Nadal Hassan, a member of the U.S. military who had been promoted despite poor performance reviews and troubling sympathies to Islamic terrorism, opened fire on his fellow service members at Ft. Hood, Texas. Islamic terrorist Hassan killed 13 soldiers and wounded 32 others while screaming “Allahu Akbar! (God is Great!)” Survivors of the attack, wounded and non-wounded, along with a majority of the American...
  • ‘Long Overdue’: Purple Hearts for Fort Hood, Little Rock Victims Rolled Into Defense Funding Bill

    12/04/2014 6:08:30 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-4-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    December 4, 2014 ‘Long Overdue’: Purple Hearts for Fort Hood, Little Rock Victims Rolled Into Defense Funding Bill The White House threatened to veto such language before, but is faced this time with a bipartisan, bicameral compromise. WASHINGTON — In May 2012, President Obama threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act because, among other reasons, the bill would have awarded Purple Hearts to the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting and Little Rock recruitment office shooting.“The Administration objects to section 552, which would grant Purple Hearts to the victims of the shooting incidents in Fort Hood, Texas, and...
  • Congress’ Sneaky Tactic to Grab More Land for the Government

    12/02/2014 5:09:24 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 12-2-14 | Robert Gordon & Nicholas Loris
    Congress has returned from the mid-term elections and members are hammering out the details of the National Defense Authorization Act. NDAA, which has passed for more than 50 years consecutively, provides policy guidance for the U.S. defense budget. The importance of the NDAA to the defense budgeting process and its traditional status as a “must-pass” piece of legislation makes it an inviting target for pet projects and wasteful spending. Unfortunately, as this year’s lame duck session winds down, some lawmakers are trying to end-run the normal legislative process in a rushed, closed-door approach. This presents an opportunity not only to...
  • Alleged ISIS Photo Controversy Engulfs Sen. John McCain

    09/19/2014 5:44:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his aides swear the Syrian “rebels” he was pictured last year with weren’t ISIS members or supporters, and the mainstream media is by and large buying the 2008 GOP presidential nominee’s story. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has endured brutal criticism—media fact checkers, reporters, and political figures have shredded him—for questioning just who McCain posed with. But a closer look at the situation tells perhaps a different story than McCain’s office or the mainstream media have pushed. The criticism of McCain centers around how the Arizona senator met with Syrian rebel leaders in May 2013 when...
  • The case for impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama

    06/03/2014 9:14:58 AM PDT · by lyby · 47 replies ^ | June 3, 2014 | Allen West
    This morning on WMALs “Morning on the Mall” radio show with hosts Brian and Larry I was asked a simple question relating to the Taliban prisoner release and impeachment of the president. I responded yes that in this current case, the U.S. House of Representatives should file articles of impeachment against Barack Hussein Obama.
  • Obama Knows He Can Ignore Scandal with Impunity (Un-impeachable)

    06/01/2014 8:28:56 AM PDT · by kristinn · 57 replies
    The New York Post ^ | Saturday, May 31, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    President Obama’s record of lawlessness is prodigious. There is the assumption of a power to rule by presidential decree — unilaterally amending ObamaCare provisions, immigration statutes, and other enactments in flagrant disregard of Congress’s constitutional power to write the laws. There is rampant fraud on the American people — think: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period,” just for a start. In the Benghazi massacre, we see the arc of administration malfeasance: In the absence of congressional authorization, the president instigated an unprovoked and ultimately disastrous war in Libya, empowering virulently anti-American...
  • California Republicans stress immigration support

    05/17/2014 4:33:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 20 replies
    Republican Rep. David Valadao says he's not worried that Congress' failure to pass immigration legislation will hurt his prospects for re-election to a district in California's agricultural heartland. Same goes for GOP Rep. Jeff Denham, who represents a neighboring district in the state's San Joaquin Valley. Still, the California congressmen are making sure voters know they support an immigration overhaul. They're aware that Democrats will try to turn the congressional gridlock into an advantage during this year's midterm elections. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent $300,000 on television ads in Valadao's district, noting that he is the son of immigrants.
  • New Video Ad: Denham for Congress

    05/16/2014 8:07:07 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | DenhamForCongress
    Californians are being let down by the failed policies from Washington. Folks there are more concerned with scoring political points than solving problems. And I’m working every day to fix it. That means working across party lines on important issues like fixing our broken immigration system, expanding water storage and delivery. And standing up for our veterans and their families. It means working to stop the wasteful spending, stop the crushing tax hikes and giving job creators the certainty they need to grow their businesses and the economy.
  • When Can Obama Kill Americans? Ted Cruz Wants To Know!

    05/09/2014 3:49:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 15 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 9, 2014 | By Christopher Agee
    Last year, Barack Obama picked former Acting Assistant Attorney General David Barron as his choice for a vacant seat on the First Circuit Court of Appeals. His brief time at the Justice Department, however, has opened Barron – and the Obama administration – up to some widespread, bipartisan criticism. According to reports, Barron drafted a memo defending the deadly drone strike against American terror suspect Anwar al-Awlaki. As a result, his nomination is now being held up amid demands for the release of the memo, which has reportedly been cited as justification for the assassination of other American citizens. The...
  • Supreme Court Green-lights Indefinite Detention Of Innocent Americans

    05/09/2014 1:24:45 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 47 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 9, 2014 | By Pastor Chuck Baldwin
    America’s founders, largely distrustful of centralized power, created several checks and balances into the U.S. Constitution to help ensure that one person, or one group of people, would not be able to unilaterally exert his or their will over the American citizenry. First, the federal government itself was divided into three separate and distinct branches–each holding the capability (and responsibility) to check the power of the other. Second, the Bill of Rights was made part of the Constitution for the protection of individual liberties. Third, the “free and independent states” of the nation retained their sovereignty and independence after the...
  • Leon Panetta Violated NDAA, Changed Benghazi Sp Forces Mission...Title Truncated

    05/05/2014 3:30:08 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 16 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 5 May 2014 | Maggie
    Full Title: Leon Panetta Violated NDAA, Changed Benghazi Sp Forces Mission Without Chris Stevens MANDATED Approval Gregory Hicks was the Deputy Chief of Mission on the ground in Tripoli the night of September 11, 2012 when our Benghazicompound and the secret CIA Annex was attacked. In January 2014, Hicks hit back against those blaming Ambassador Chris Stevens for his own death. He refers to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report, saying that the Committee interviewed him professionally and thoroughly, but the information below, on why Chris Stevens was forced to refuse military protection did not make it into the...

    04/03/2014 9:43:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 2, 2014 | By Jonathan Strong
    South Carolina Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan is dropping his co-sponsorship of an immigration bill House Republicans have been quietly working to include in the upcoming Department of Defense authorization bill, saying the language should never have been considered to be added to the unrelated measure. Late Wednesday, Duncan said he hadn't been aware of efforts by the bill's author, California Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), to add the language to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – and that if it were added, “NDAA would lose my vote as well.” At issue is a proposal to allow so-called DREAMers to obtain...

    02/21/2014 9:43:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/25/14 | BRANDON DARBY
    Dwayne Stovall, a Tea Party candidate challenging Senator John Cornyn for his seat in the United States Senate, has brought the controversial aspects of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into the primary race. Stovall is not alone in challenging Senator Cornyn in the primary; U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman is also in the primary, but his chances have been severely damaged by the candidate's decision to remain quiet in light of numerous ethics and financial questions. Breitbart News has provided our readers with the first look into the Stovall campaign press release, sent to us on January 25, 2014. The...

    01/29/2014 3:51:47 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 119 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/29/14 | Becket Adams
    Just hours after he stormed out of President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) announced he’s considering filing articles of impeachment against the president.
  • Challenger to John Cornyn Brings NDAA Controversy into Texas Race

    01/25/2014 3:11:52 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 37 replies ^ | 1/25/14 | Brandon Darby
    Dwayne Stovall, a Tea Party candidate challenging Senator John Cornyn for his seat in the United States Senate, has brought the controversial aspects of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into the primary race. Stovall is not alone in challenging Senator Cornyn in the primary; U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman is also in the primary, but his chances have been severely damaged by the candidate's decision to remain quiet in light of numerous ethics and financial questions. Breitbart News has provided our readers with the first look into the Stovall campaign press release, sent to us on January 25, 2014. The...

    01/13/2014 8:20:21 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 27 replies ^ | 12 Jan 2014 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    The Maricopa County Republican Party in Arizona formally censured Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Saturday evening by an overwhelming 1150-351 vote, Breitbart News has learned. Maricopa County is Arizona's most populous county and includes Phoenix within its borders. The official GOP body's rebuke undermines McCain's reelection chances should he decide to run for the Senate again in 2016. “As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates,”the formal censure resolution reads. “Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with...
  • Special Forces Operative Reveals The Osama Bin Laden Raid Was A Lie

    01/05/2014 8:06:13 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 122 replies ^ | January 3, 2014 | Robert Rich
    This presidency can surely be said to be the most shrouded in secrecy of all times. From birth certificate conspiracies to everything else this man has had the indecency to lie about in order to ensure political prevalence, Obama can surely be labeled a sociopath. A letter has come forward stating that although you may believe it, things he can only express through words have proven to him that Obama did not in fact kill Osama during that raid.
  • New Hampshire Moves Toward Nullifying NDAA

    01/01/2014 5:17:37 AM PST · by IbJensen · 44 replies
    As the National Defense Authorization Act 2014 heads to Obama’s desk as an even more draconian piece of legislation than it was previously, states have taken notice and are beginning to intensify their efforts to nullify it. Michigan was the latest to opt for full nullification after Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed bill SB0094 into law. New Hampshire has now taken a critical step toward nullification with the introduction of their bill HB1279, scheduled to be formally presented on January 8th, 2014. New Hampshire’s bill has bipartisan support among its five sponsors, and is based on the model legislation...
  • Obama’s not to be trusted on foreign policy

    08/10/2013 5:08:23 PM PDT · by opentalk · 31 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | August 10, 2013 | Janet Daley
    Having declared an end to the War on Terror, the US president no longer has any clear idea of his country's global role The West can no longer rely on American leadership in the world. For the remaining duration of the Obama administration, Washington’s judgment and effectiveness in foreign policy cannot be trusted. It is quite an achievement for the one remaining superpower to appear as ineffectual and wrong-footed as the United States has managed to do in the past week. But there it is. The president’s global strategy in his second term was based on two resounding premises. First,...
  • T.S.A. Expands Duties Beyond Airport Security

    08/06/2013 8:18:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/06/2013 | RON NIXON
    WASHINGTON — As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States. “The T.S.A., huh,” said Donald Neubauer of Greenville, Ohio, as he walked past the...
  • House Passes 2014 NDAA; NSA Surveillance Will Lead to Indefinite Detention

    06/27/2013 11:09:38 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | June 27, 2013 | Joe Woverton, II, J.D.
    The annual renewal of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is underway on Capitol Hill. On June 14, by a vote of 315-108, the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2014 version of the NDAA (HR 1960). Several amendments to the defense spending legislation were proposed, many of which were approved either by voice vote or en bloc. The first method of voting requires no report on how individual members voted, while the second method aggregates amendments, allowing them to be voted on in groups. A few of the amendments represent significant improvements to the NDAA of 2012 and...
  • House adopts Kelly amendment to ban funding for UN Arms Trade Treaty

    06/18/2013 2:55:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    National Rifle Association ^ | June 17, 2013 | Mike Kelly
    Representative Mike Kelly (R PA) introduced an amendment last night to H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (NDAA), to prohibit federal funding for the implementation of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) for one year. The amendment was adopted unanimously by voice vote and included in the final passage of the NDAA, which Rep. Kelly voted to support.
  • NSA Whistleblower Details How The NSA Has Spied On US Citizens Since 9/11

    06/11/2013 6:59:21 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 21 replies ^ | Aug. 24, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney explains how the secretive agency runs its pervasive domestic spying apparatus in a new piece by Laura Poitras in The New York Times. Binney—one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history—worked for the Defense Department's foreign signals intelligence agency for 32 years before resigning in late 2001 because he "could not stay after the NSA began purposefully violating the Constitution." In a short video called "The Program," Binney explains how the agency took part of one of the programs he built and started using it to spy on virtually every U.S....
  • U.S. Military ‘Power Grab’ Goes Into Effect (Hold on to your Hats!)

    05/15/2013 8:16:47 AM PDT · by kimtom · 32 replies ^ | May 14, 2013 | Jed Morey
    The manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects offered the nation a window into the stunning military-style capabilities of our local law enforcement agencies. For the past 30 years, police departments throughout the United States have benefitted from the government’s largesse in the form of military weaponry and training, incentives offered in the ongoing “War on Drugs.” For the average citizen watching events such as the intense pursuit of the Tsarnaev brothers on television, it would be difficult to discern between fully outfitted police SWAT teams and the military. The lines blurred even further Monday as a new dynamic was...
  • The Significance of Persistent Guantanamo

    05/05/2013 7:24:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | May 5, 2013 | Paul Jacob
    Symbols are not identical to the things they symbolize. A nationÂ’s flag is not the same thing as the nation itself.A star on the map representing a capital city is not actually the dirt and grass and trees and concrete and lumber and people in that capital.A picture of a gun is not the material weapon . . . and thus wonÂ’t do much at all to stop a criminal. Most people completely understand this simple principle, including those who have not taken an advanced course in semiotics at the Sorbonne. Even young children comprehend the distinction between a sign,...
  • Schumer, McCain say gun control bills will return [ Must keep Economic news off page 1 ]

    04/25/2013 10:46:19 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 51 replies ^ | April 25 2013
    The Senate will try again to pass recently defeated gun control legislation, and will be aided by increasing activism from previously neutral voters, Sen. Chuck Schumer predicted today at a press conference. “I think we will bring the bill back before the end of the year… lots of Senators who thought it was safe to vote against it [April 17] because of the intensity [of gun-rights supporters] are not so sure any more,” Schumer told
  • Defying Congress, Obama Sends U.S. Taxes to Russian State Arms Firm

    04/11/2013 2:22:54 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies ^ | april 11, 2013 | Alex Newman
    Despite a bipartisan federal law prohibiting financial contracts with the Russian government-owned arms giant Rosoboronexport, the Obama administration announced that it would be purchasing another $680 million worth of military helicopters from the state company for the Afghan regime of Hamid Karzai. The contract comes after the Pentagon already spent $411 million with the supplier since May of 2011, bringing the estimated amount of U.S. taxpayer funds funneled to the state-owned behemoth to about $1 billion in recent years. The latest deal, however, drew furious outrage from across the political spectrum. Critics and lawmakers complained that the controversial scheme would...
  • Police told to choose: Gun control or Constitution (Video warns military, too)

    04/20/2013 2:31:44 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 25 replies
    WND ^ | Arpil 20, 2013 | Drew Zahn
    Video warns military, too – D.C. lawmakers about to commit 'treason' “This is a message to every member of law enforcement and the military,” a sizzling new YouTube video begins. “You know you have a choice to make.” The video, produced by a man identified on Facebook as Aaron Hawkins, is a challenge to those who enforce America’s laws, warning them the day is coming when gun-control legislation will undermine the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment and police forces will be asked to restrict or even confiscate American citizens’ firearms. On that day, the video warns, America’s lawmakers will have committed...
  • Arizona Bill Nullifies the NDAA, Protecting Citizens' Civil Liberties

    04/10/2013 7:39:13 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | Apr. 10, 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    The Arizona House of Representatives will not cooperate with the federal government in denying due process to citizens of the Grand Canyon State. By a vote of 34 to 24, the House passed HB 2573, a bill that would, among other things, prevent state officials from participating in the indefinite detention of Americans by the president as authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA). The measure would amend Title 41 of the Arizona code by adding a section prohibiting state governmental compliance with unconstitutional federal mandates. A majority of Arizona’s state lawmakers recognize that Arizona is, along...
  • Obama Overrides Congress to Buy $690 Million Worth of Russian Choppers for Afghan Air Force

    04/09/2013 7:52:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Front Page ^ | 4/8/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    Apparently America has too many jobs so Obama will be spending taxpayer money to support Russia’s defense industry on behalf of Afghanistan. And he’s doing so over the bipartisan objections of Congress from both the right and left and a ban on buying them written into the NDAA. The US Department of Defense said Thursday it plans to sidestep a Congressional ban to purchase 30 helicopters from Russian state-owned defense firm Rosoboronexport, despite objections from US lawmakers who allege that the firm has equipped the Syrian government to commit brutal crimes against civilians.
  • The End of the Republic?

    03/18/2013 9:33:14 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 35 replies ^ | March 18, 2013 | David Solway
    Snip: It doesn’t stop there. The Democratic Party’s concerted attacks on the Second Amendment are surely disquieting. Moreover, new reports circulating about some of the Obama administration’s latest maneuvers, must, if they are true, be squarely confronted and made sense of. At the same time that ordinary Americans may be deprived of their guns, or forced to scale back on legitimate ownership of certain models and magazine capacities, the Department of Homeland Security has ordered millions of weapons and over a billion rounds of hollow-point bullets (banned internationally), as well as riot gear and other military equipment. The NOAA (National...
  • McCain: Are You a "Wacko Bird" Like Rand Paul, Justin Amash, and Ted Cruz?

    03/09/2013 12:34:48 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 71 replies
    Reason ^ | 3-9-2013 | Nick Gillespie - OP/ED
    March 9, 2013 McCain: Are You a "Wacko Bird" Like Rand Paul, Justin Amash, and Ted Cruz? Nick Gillespie courtesy Benjamin Lee's Twitter Feed"Wacko Birds" is the new "Jerk Store."That is, it's the sort of comedic comeback that reflects far worse - and oh-so-sadly - on its creator than its intended target.During a recent tirade, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) denounced Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as "wacko birds." Reports the Wash Post: “They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else,”McCain said. “But I also think that when,...
  • The war on 18-year-old girls (women in combat, draft registration)

    03/04/2013 8:57:32 PM PST · by Perseverando · 34 replies
    WND ^ | March 4, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The real war against women is the announced plan of the Obama administration, using outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as the fall guy, to assign women for the first time in American history to fight our nation’s enemies in military ground combat. That’s real war, with real guns, real bullets and real deaths. This war doesn’t involve only women who have volunteered to serve in our military. It’s a real war against all 18-year-old American girls, because for the first time in our nation’s history they will be required to sign up for the draft and be ready for...
  • States pile on against federal detention plan

    02/16/2013 6:13:41 PM PST · by wesagain · 3 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Alyssa Farah
    "Indiana, South Carolina both bucking idea of arresting, holding Americans"WASHINGTON – Bills opposing the controversial National Defense Authorization Act have popped up in both the Indiana and South Carolina state legislatures. The NDAA was harshly criticized by some as unconstitutional due to language in Sections 1021 and 1022 that allows for the indefinite detainment of U.S. citizens without due process. Both bills would nullify the NDAA in its current form by denying law enforcement or any government official the right to carry out any act of detaining a citizen without due process. In Indiana, the bill passed through the Corrections...
  • Obama: License To Kill .... YOU.

    02/07/2013 6:58:32 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 4 replies
    self | 2/7/13 | NewJerseyJoe