National Defense Authorization Act

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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a United States federal law specifying the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense. Each year's act also includes other provisions.
On December 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the 2012 act into law. On May 15, 2012, ruling on a suit brought by a number of private citizens, including Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, and Birgitta Jónsdóttir claiming that the act allows indefinite military detention,[1] U.S. District Judge Katherine Harris blocked section 1021.[2][3] Her statement follows:
As set forth above, this Court has found that plaintiffs have shown a likelihood of success on the merits regarding their constitutional claim and it therefore has a responsibility to insure that the public’s constitutional rights are protected. Accordingly, this Court finds that the public interest is best served by the issuance of the preliminary relief recited herein.”[4]
The government sidestepped the ruling, saying, "The government construes this Court’s Order as applying only as to the named plaintiffs in this suit."[4]
The 2013 bill is currently being debated in Congress.[5][6]


Individual Acts

See also


  1. ^ "The Homeland Battlefield: ‘Hedges v. Obama’ Lawsuit Challenging NDAA Begins in NYC". The Sparrow Project - Publicity & Creative Direction for Grassroots Activists. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ Bob Van Voris and Patricia Hurtado (17 May 2012). "Military Detention Law Blocked By New York Judge". Bloomberg. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  3. ^ Katz, Basil (16 May 2012). "Judge blocks indefinite military detention provisio". Reuters. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b Johnson, Dan (31 May 2012). "Obama Defies NDAA Ruling". The Western Center for Journalism. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  5. ^ Alexander, David (18 May 2012). "House-backed defense budget sets up clash with Obama". Reuters. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Full Text of H.R. 4310: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013". GovTrack. Retrieved 13 July 2012.

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To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense]
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