February 13, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The Senate Armed Services committee narrowly advanced a bill on Thursday that would prevent most detainee transfers out of Guantanamo until after President Barack Obama leaves office. The White House has vowed to veto the legislation. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kelly Ayotte and supported by ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
The first major legislative push to repeal DADT during the Obama administration was advanced by the US House of Representatives and Senate Armed Services Committee in May 2010. The repeal was included as an amendment to the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 before the House. The ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
DADT was a source of deep controversy in the military and social arenas of American politics from its adoption to its repeal. According to its supporters, DADT, codified at 10 USC § 654, was necessary to protect unit cohesion, military readiness, combat effectiveness and recruiting and ...[read more]
April 21, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On April 21, 2009, the US Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) declassified a report that described to what extent high-ranking George W. Bush administration officials were involved in subscribing to harsh interrogation policies used on prisoners of war. The release of the report followed the ...[read more]
November 16, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 16, 2011, the Senate Armed Services Committee agreed to a detainee provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012, which governed the handling and prosecution of suspected al Qaeda detainees. Subsequent to the adoption of the provision, the military would have complete ...[read more]
March 19, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On March 19, 2010, retired US Marine Corps General John Sheehan testified before the US Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) that he believed that the severity of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian civil war was caused partially by the Dutch military's decision to allow openly gay ...[read more]
March 10, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On March 10, 2011, US senators, including Senator John McCain (R-AZ), introduced the Military Detainee Procedures Improvement Act of 2011, which would prohibit the civilian trial of Guantanamo Bay detainees and place restrictions on the transfer of detainees to foreign countries. The bill also ...[read more]
November 18, 2011
by Hillary Stemple
The White House released a statement of administration policy on Thursday praising the work of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 but warning that President Barack Obama could veto the bill if it "challenges or constrains the President's ...[read more]
November 17, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday finally agreed on a controversial detainee provision of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 that governs the handling and prosecuting of suspected al Qaeda detainees. The provision, which was approved by a 26-0 vote, allows the military ...[read more]
December 4, 2010
by Daniel Makosky
The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Friday heard conflicting testimony from top military leaders on the services' readiness to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT). Commandant of the Marine Corps General James Amos urged the Committee to delay the policy's repeal, arguing that ongoing ...[read more]

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