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Two Minnesotans named to defense conference committee

Minnesota Republicans John Kline and Chip Cravaack have been named to a defense policy conference committee.

The committee is a temporary panel made up of House members and Senators who will work to combine two versions of a defense policy bill for final passage through Congress. Kline comes from the Armed Services Committee and Cravaack is one of two Transportation Committee Republicans on the panel.

The conference committee met for the first time Wednesday, and Politico reports that members hope to get the bill to the president by next week.

The committee will have to tackle a controversial military detainee provision that has lead President Obama to threaten to veto the entire bill. The provision, passed by the Senate, would require the military to capture and hold people believed to have ties to al Qaeda, even Americans and those captured in the United States.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 12/10/2011 - 04:14 pm.

    “…would require the military to detain and hold people ‘believed’ to be…”

    Does not warm one’s heart to visualize these two ultra conservatives, however limited their contribution may be, debating military policy; military detainee policy…new military powers where someday too soon, citizens in public dissent or otherwise, could be restricted in their right to speak out?

    Tyranny may be tip-toeing through the tulips here and no one is watch dogging?. Except over at and two interesting commentaries by Roy Wilkerson, “New Military Powers on the way to tyranny”…plus Ray McGovern, “”Military to regain power of infinite detention.”

    Worth checking out or else we might as well give bobble heads person-hood so they can activate at least some legitimate concern before this once proud nation looks more like the political climate, Germany 1933?

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