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NDAA mark-up should be transparent

Tomorrow the Senate Committee on Armed Services will mark-up the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). However, you might not be able to see the mark-up online or on C-SPAN. That is because Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) and Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK) support marking the bill up in secret for "national security" reasons.

So allowing the American people to watch the committee debates issues like indefinite dentition, NSA wiretapping, and military spending somehow threatens national security. It is odd that the Senate Armed Services Committee feels that opening the mark-up would endanger our security when the House Armed Services Committee held an open mark-up. I guess transparency is only a threat to national security when the NDAA is debated in the Senate.

Campaign for Liberty is part of a collation working to ensure full transparency to every part of the NDAA process. The Armed Services Committee will have a vote on closing the mark-up tomorrow, so Campaign for Liberty members still have time to call the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and ask that they support an open mark-up of the NDAA.


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