Photos from Ithaca College’s African Student Association “Fight the Stereotype” campaign. So important.
Bill heads to Senate after passing in House on Thursday.Guantanamo Bay
- The 2014 NDAA significantly relaxes current restrictions on the administration’s ability to transfer detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Section 1034 (page 444) maintains the current ban on transfer or release of any detainee from Guantanamo into the United States. The following section, however, says that the Defense Department can transfer detainees overseas so long as “actions that have been or are planned to be taken will substantially mitigate the risk of such individual engaging or reengaging in any terrorist or other hostile activity that threatens the United States.”
- The provision requires 30 days notice and thorough reporting on plans and risks to Congress. The reporting mechanisms, however, do not provide Congress with the ability to stop a detainee transfer, but rather assures that Congress will be able to hold the administration politically accountable if a transfer produces adverse outcomes for national security.Military sexual assault
- The draft NDAA contains many, but not all, of the reforms to the military’s polices on sexual assault advocated by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). Notably absent is Senator Gillibrand’s amendment that would remove all steps of sexual assault prosecution from the military chain of command. The current bill does strip military commanders of their ability to overturn jury convictions in sexual assault cases.
- Other reforms the draft NDAA offers include an elimination of the statute of limitations in sexual assault cases, mandating independent council for service-members who report an assault, and requiring dishonorable discharge for those convicted of sexual assault.Wow!