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The NDAA, and the Latest in Passing the Buck on GTMO-Closure

On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed its markup of the annual defense authorization bill by a vote of 22-4. Shortly after the vote, committee chairman Senator John McCain told reporters that “very importantly, this legislation contains a bipartisan compromise on the issue of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.” Some news outlets apparently read more into this than they should have.


This Morning's HASC NDAA Markup

A markup of the FY2016 defense bill---which includes, as per usual and among other things, provisions restricting transfers of Guantanamo detainees---will get underway at 10:00 a.m. at the House Armed Services Committee.

Embedded video is below; a copy of the Chairman's mark can be found here.  (Interested readers can find NDAA-related background here, too.)

Transfers, Releases & Resettlements

Text of Senator Ayotte's GTMO Transfers Bill

As promised, here it is.

The rather unfortunate-seeming proposal provides, in full:


To extend and enhance prohibitions and limitations with respect to the transfer or release of individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and for other purposes.


Military Justice

On War and Crime

Yesterday at Lawfare, Bryan Cunningham sought to breathe new life into the “military versus law enforcement” debate over terrorism, along the way deeming the horrific assaults in Paris to be “consequences” of France’s police-centric strategy. He thus finds fault with the current counterterrorism regime generally, and invites others to join in a broader discussion about how to improve things. Allow me to take him up on that---chiefly by registering strong disagreement with his account.

Transfers, Releases & Resettlements

Vice-President Cheney’s Funny Criticism of President Obama for Not Complying with the GTMO Notice Requirement

I laughed when I heard former Vice-President Cheney on the Laura Ingraham show (approximately the 8:15-9:10 mark) criticizing President Obama for not notifying Congress under Section 1035 of the 2014 NDAA about the Bergdahl swap.  Ingraham complained about the failure o

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