Why does it take so long for the new US presidents to sign the NDAA?
by Reuters News & World Report less US President Donald Trump signs the National Defense Authorization Act, commonly known as the NDRA, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, in this file photo from May 18, 2019.
Pamela Poon/Reuters less US Presidents Donald Trump, left, and Joe Biden attend a ceremony on the National Capitol in Washington on April 14, 2020.
The NDAA, which passed with bipartisan support, is aimed at allowing the military to carry out its war on terror.
It has been hailed as a key part of the President’s strategy for defeating Islamic State militants and bolstering American security.
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstPamelle Stoner/Reuters more President Donald Trumps signing of the National Defence Authorization Act.
Trump is the fourth president to sign a law in the last few years.
The NDAA was passed with Democratic support in the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
Trump’s move came days after a gunman killed 14 people at a holiday party for the Democratic National Committee.
Critics say it allows the military and intelligence agencies to spy on Americans without due process and is in direct conflict with the Constitution.
As the country grapples with its post-9/11 security challenges, it is not surprising that Trump has also used his power to make sweeping changes to U.S. law.
This is not the first time that a US president has sought to expand the powers of the executive branch to combat terrorism.
In January, President Barack Obama signed into law an executive order that expanded the powers and responsibilities of the FBI, the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Then, on May 4, 2017, Trump signed an executive action that expanded certain intelligence powers for the Pentagon.
That day, Trump was also the first US president to take a shot at his former rival Hillary Clinton, accusing her of using the state department to “protect dictatorships, terrorists and criminals.”
The law passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress, and it has since been supported by both Democrats and Republicans.
It is now likely that the US president will sign the bill at the same time as his successor, as his predecessor signed the bill into law less than a year before, in April 2021.
If that happens, the NDMA would be the most significant expansion of the federal government’s authority since the 2001 Patriot Act, which expanded the power of the US military.
Currently, the US government does not have any legal authority to spy or listen to the communications of anyone, including citizens.
The law would expand that authority.
Under the bill, the military can now gather information from companies and private citizens.
It also gives the Pentagon more power to monitor Americans’ online activity.
The bill also allows the CIA to spy without a warrant, a change that is likely to anger privacy advocates.
More:Read more at:The NDMA also includes a provision that would allow the government to use drones to attack suspected terrorists.
While the president may want to be more aggressive in prosecuting terrorists, his own intelligence agencies have also been accused of violating the constitution by failing to properly disclose their domestic surveillance efforts.