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Obama Administration Violates NDAA
Is the United States supporting al-Qaeda in Syria — and if so, why? During the Memorial Day weekend, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, one of the most fervent supporters of increased U.S. military involvement in Syria, visited that country and posed for photographs of a rebel group with ties to al-Qaeda.
A few days earlier a video emerged showing one of the field commanders of that rebel group eating the heart of a dead Syrian soldier. Other video from the Syrian civil war shows U.S.-backed rebels marching in the ranks of a unit calling itself the Osama bin Laden Brigade.
Under federal law, lending material support for a group listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department is a felony. Under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 — which was supported by McCain — providing material support for al-Qaeda or “associated forces” is grounds for indefinite detention in military custody.
If those laws were applied even-handedly, Senator McCain would find himself in the dock — or perhaps even in Gitmo. But the same would be true of many other officials — including President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and numerous congressmen from both parties — who have approved of providing humanitarian and military aid to the al-Qaeda connected Syrian rebels.
How did we find ourselves in this position? What is likely to happen in Syria, and the region, as the country’s civil war deepens, and U.S. involvement expands? We’ll discuss these urgent questions with Jason Ditz, a contributing editor at AntiWar.com.