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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NSN JOINS 144 EXPERTS IN LETTER URGING INCREASED AID TO TUNISIA

NSN Joins 144 Experts in Letter Urging Increased Aid to Tunisia October 20, 2015 Dear Senator Graham, Senator Leahy, Representative Granger, and Representative Lowey, Tunisia has made remarkable progress since 2011 in its historic transition to democracy. Tunisia has adopted the most democratic constitution the Arab world has ever seen, forged through a process of inclusive consensus-building. This was followed by competitive, multi-party elections judged free and fair by domestic and international observers, leading to the first peaceful transfer of power in an Arab democracy. At a time when much of the Middle East and North Africa is descending into civil war or experiencing the resurgence of repressive authoritarianism, Tunisia stands absolutely alone in its democratic achievements and potential. Despite this progress, Tunisia faces daunting… Read More ›

Civil LibertiesHuman RightsTuesday, October 20, 2015

NSN Fellow Tobias Gibson on Sec. Johnson’s remarks at Westminister College

Tobias Gibson on Sec. Johnson’s remarks at Westminister College October 20, 2015 | THE HILL Last month, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson spoke to students at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., regarding issues such as border control and cyber surveillance and how these issues are affected by guaranteed liberties and American ideology. Johnson gave the 56th Green Lecture (the most famous lecture in this series is the “Iron Curtain” speech delivered by then-former-and-future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1946). Johnson’s speech channeled previous Green Lectures, including Churchill’s and former President Harry Truman’s “What Hysteria Does to Us,” which was given in the early years of the Cold War…While the Obama administration has had its critics, it has largely striven to strike a balance between… Read More ›

Monday, October 19, 2015

Getting the Facts on Benghazi

Getting the Facts on Benghazi Monday, October 19, 2015 3:00PM EST In anticipation of Secretary Clinton’s appearance before the House Benghazi Committee on October 22, the National Security Network is hosting a press call on Monday, October 19 at 3PM, with two former Obama Administration officials who are familiar with the events surrounding the 2012 Benghazi attack as well as the broader situation in Libya. The officials will provide background information and will answer questions on-the-record to assist reporters in understanding the timeline and consequences of the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi. EXPERTS Matthew Olsen is a Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, and currently is a lecturer at Harvard and a National Security Analyst for ABC News. Prior to joining NCTC,… Read More ›

DefenseMonday, October 19, 2015

NSN backs President’s NDAA veto threat

NSN backs President’s NDAA veto threat October 19, 2015 | THE HILL Dozens of progressive outside groups are pushing President Obama to veto an annual defense bill over extra war funds. Thirty-seven groups sent a letter to Obama on Friday voicing their support for his threat to send the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) back to Congress because of the extra $38 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding. “We believe that the separate funding stream in the form of the Overseas Contingency Operations Account is being used to shield the Pentagon from the pressure meant to be produced by the Budget Control Act caps, while none of that relief is being offered to the other spending bills which fund the vital needs of all Americans,… Read More ›

GuantanamoThursday, October 1, 2015

Letter to House of Representatives Urges ‘No’ Vote on NDAA Conference Bill

Letter to House of Representatives Urges ‘No’ Vote on NDAA Conference Bill September 30, 2015 Vote “NO” on the Conference Report for H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 NDAA Would Block Closure of the Guantanamo Detention Facility and Continue Indefinite Detention Without Charge or Trial Dear Representative: The undersigned human rights, civil liberties, national security, and religious organizations write to strongly urge you to vote “NO” on final passage of the conference report for H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (NDAA). The harmful and unwarranted transfer restrictions in the bill could block the closing of the Guantanamo detention facility and continue the practice of indefinite detention without charge or trial. We ask you to vote… Read More ›

GuantanamoThursday, October 1, 2015

NSN Cosign Letter on NDAA Cited in Hill Article

NSN Cosign Letter on NDAA Cited in Hill Article October 1, 2015 | THE HILL A group of 14 human rights, civil liberties, national security and religious nonprofits is urging lawmakers to vote against the defense policy bill before them Thursday because it would keep the Guantanamo Bay military facility open for another year. “The harmful and unwarranted transfer restrictions in the bill could block the closing off the Guantanamo detention facility and continue the practice of indefinite detention without charge or trial,” the groups wrote in a letter to representatives. “We ask you to vote again final passage of the bill.” The House is scheduled to vote on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday…The bill would also make it slightly more difficult to… Read More ›

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