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Idaho Senators Vote for the NDAA

Both Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted for the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act)  termed by some as the National Detention of Americans Act.

The two sections of concern are 1031 & 1032, posted below:

Subtitle D: Detainee Matters – (Sec. 1031) Affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force includes the authority for U.S. Armed Forces to detain covered persons pending disposition under the law of war. Defines a “covered person” as a person who: (1) planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, or harbored those responsible for such attacks; or (2) was part of or substantially supported al Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners. Requires the Secretary to regularly brief Congress on the application of such authority.

(Sec. 1032) Requires U.S. Armed Forces to hold in custody pending disposition a person who was a member or part of al Qaeda or an associated force and participated in planning or carrying out an attack or attempted attack against the United States or its coalition partners. Authorizes the Secretary to waive such requirement in the national security interest. Makes such requirement inapplicable to U.S. citizens or U.S. lawful resident aliens. Outlines implementation procedures.

Protecting Halliburton’s Honor…..

First off for the fucking record:  KBR was a subsidiary of Halliburton.  Halliburton = the parent; KBR = incorrigible child.  KBR was the “contracting, engineering and construction unit” part of Halliburton until April 5, 2007.  They then became “separate and independent of each other.”  Prior to that date in 2007, KBR had been part of Halliburton for some 44 years.

Jamie Leigh Jones was employed by Halliburton/KBR in 2005 when she was gang-raped by fellow employees.   Halliburton was privy to no-bid contracts – ‘major defense contracts’ for which the FBI began an investigation in 2004.

In a formal whistleblower complaint filed last week, Greenhouse alleged the award of contracts without competition to KBR puts at risk “the integrity of the federal contracting program as it relates to a major defense contractor.”

See the connection?  “The federal contracting program as it relates to a major defense contractor.”  KBR/Halliburton received federal contracts, albeit no-bid ones.  They are (and were) considered a “major defense contractor.”

Are you following the logic here?  Call me if I lose ya…. ‘kay?

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So the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill is up in the Senate, and the good senator from Minnesota proposed an amendment calling for employee redress affecting those who seek contracts with the federal government.  Specifically – military and/or defense contracts.  So the Franken Amendment appears to be an appropriate fit.

Here’s the entirety of Senator Al Franken’s amendment – statement of purpose:

To prohibit the use of funds for any Federal contract with Halliburton Company, KBR, Inc., any of their subsidiaries or affiliates, or any other contracting party if such contractor or a subcontractor at any tier under such contract requires that employees or independent contractors sign mandatory arbitration clauses regarding certain claims. Continue reading