Levin: Let’s Not Let the Constitution Get in the Way of Indefinite Detention

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 6:14 am

Not every politician is great on every issue, granted. But with Carl Levin of late, there’s been quite a swing. On the one hand, his Permanent Subcommittee for Investigations delivered Goldman Sachs on a silver platter to the Justice Department (it’s currently sitting in a conference room, untouched). He has jumped on JPMorgan Chase’s massive [...]

Whiny Neocons Want Hearings on Iraq Withdrawal

By: Thursday October 27, 2011 8:55 am

The forever war caucus in Congress – Joe Lieberman and a host of his fellow conservative reactionaries – are calling for hearings on the Iraq withdrawal announced last Friday. A group of mostly Republican senators is asking Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) to schedule a full hearing on President Obama’s decision to [...]

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Service Chiefs Agree They Could Implement Policy Change

By: Friday December 3, 2010 9:47 am

The second day of hearings on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is proceeding in the Senate Armed Services Committee. You can watch here. The hearing features the four service chiefs, and they brought different perspectives to the room, with two supporting lifting the ban (along with #2 in the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Cartwright), two with mixed [...]

Pentagon Survey on DADT to Be Released a Day Early

By: Monday November 22, 2010 6:58 am

It’s only a day early. But it’s more the directive given by Robert Gates that matters. Signaling the growing seriousness of the Obama administration’s commitment this year to ending the military’s ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces, the Defense Department said Sunday that it will release a long-awaited report on the matter [...]

SASC Report Shows Contracting for Security Guards in Afghanistan Run Amok

By: Friday October 8, 2010 10:26 am

A new investigation from the Senate Armed Services Committee shows that private security contractors in Afghanistan “rely on warlords and strongmen” to provide security guards that watch US bases. These guards often have ties to the Taliban. That’s what the Senate Armed Services Committee found after a year-long investigation into 125 contracts held by private [...]

Petraeus Concurs with July 2011 Inflection Point, Provided It Means Nothing

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 12:25 pm

By way of congratulating our colleague Spencer Ackerman for moving to Wired, here’s some of his report on today’s hearings in the Senate Armed Services Committee with David Petraeus: So maybe it was inevitable that certain senators — not just Republicans, but Democrats too — wanted to see if Petraeus’s views shifted at all now [...]

SLDN: Gay Servicemembers Still “At Risk”

By: Friday May 28, 2010 7:10 am

Here’s the roll call on the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell vote in the House last night. There were few surprises on either side (really, Gene Green?). The President issued a statement after the votes in the House and Senate last night: I have long advocated that we repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, and I am [...]

Senate Armed Services Passes Legislative Repeal of DADT; House Vote Imminent UPDATE: House Passes

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 5:37 pm

Teddy P notes that the Senate Armed Services Committee passed the Lieberman amendment, which would start the process to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy on gay service members. It’s unlikely that opponents of repeal have the votes to strip out the amendment on the Senate floor, and likely that the Senate can [...]

Webb Reads Minds, Leans Against DADT Repeal

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 2:36 pm

Sen. Jim Webb appears to have decided against voting in the Senate Armed Services Committee for an amendment that would begin a process toward repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy because he believes it’s not really what the Pentagon and the White House want: “Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen have [...]

DADT Deal: Votes Still Needed in Senate as Scott Brown Opposes UPDATE: Bill Nelson Supports

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 9:18 am

Congressional leaders and the White House may have a deal in principle to initiate a process to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, but Congress still needs to find the votes for that repeal. And those hopes took a hit today with Scott Brown’s opposition: Sen. Scott Brown will vote against repealing Don’t [...]

Decision Time on DADT: Deal in the Works?

By: Monday May 24, 2010 8:27 am

(Please see my latest on this, with the nature of the deal being discussed) By the end of this week, we should know whether Congress will make a play to end the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy on gay service members, or whether they’ll allow continued discrimination in our nation’s armed forces. Aubrey Sarvis [...]

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