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Pentagon defense bill passes

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By Molly Zelvonberger
Posted Dec 16, 2011 in Politics
Passed Senate: H.R. 1540: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Passed Senate by Unanimous Consent.
In a vote 86-13 the senate approved the bill. Some critics complained that the measure would allow indefinite military detention of terrorism suspects, which include Americans.
The house of representatives agreed to the defense bill, which also imposes sanctions against Iran's central banks that also per-emotively freezes aid to that country.
This legislation represents the latest struggle between lawmakers on whether terror suspects should be prosecuted as enemy combatants before a military commission and held, or treated as a mere criminal suspect that goes through the U.S. court prison system.
This happens to be an authorized $662 billion for the department of defenses fiscal 2012 budget. Other controversial issues surrounding the bill is how aid to Pakistan could be effected if there isn't a clear answer on the lack of assurance demanded by the defense department on their position with the rest of the world on the fight against terrorism. The lack of action would jeopardize million of dollars of aid to that region.
Clarity is also called into question in regard to this legislation from those who will turn this bill into action. It's not just a spring clean for the may-queen.
A group of Lawmakers submitted a letter to House and Senate leaders stating their concerns

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