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Saturday, October 08, 2011

US House passed amendments to Military Commissions Act
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On October 8, 2009, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that amended the Military Commissions Act of 2006 to provide suspected terrorists with greater due process rights. The Military Commissions Act of 2009 was approved by a vote of 281-146 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, granting $681 billion in military appropriations for the 2010 fiscal year. Among the bill's provisions were limitations on the use of hearsay or coerced evidence and greater defense access to witnesses and evidence. The legislation also included provisions expanding the definition of federal hate crimes to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The legislation was later passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Barack Obama.

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