Posts from July, 2007

Habeas Corpus Restoration Act Advances

The Senate Judiciary Committee last week issued a report on the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act, a bill to repeal provisions adopted in the last Congress that eliminated access to U.S. courts for suspected alien enemy combatants.

“The legislation would permit detainees held by the United States Government as enemy combatants, or as potential enemy combatants, to file writs of habeas corpus and other related actions in the United States District Courts.”

The June 26 Committee report includes a detailed justification of the legislation, as well as a lengthy dissent by several Republican Senators.

Selected CRS Reports

Some noteworthy new reports of the Congressional Research Service include the following (all pdf).

“Trafficking in Persons: U.S. Policy and Issues for Congress,” updated June 20, 2007.

“Intelligence and Information-Sharing Elements of S. 4 and H.R. 1,” June 26, 2007.

“Potential F-22 Raptor Export to Japan,” June 28, 2007.

“The Department of Defense: Reducing Its Reliance on Fossil-Based Aviation Fuel — Issues for Congress,” June 15, 2007.

“India-U.S. Relations,” updated June 26, 2007.

“Pakistan-U.S. Relations,” updated June 6, 2007.

“Mongolia and U.S. Policy: Political and Economic Relations,” June 22, 2007.

Fundamentals of Flight

A new U.S. Army Field Manual (large pdf) introduces the science and technology of aeronautics to non-specialist readers in a rigorous but readable format.

From Bernoulli’s principle to the challenges of night flight, the 392 page manual starts with the rudiments and builds from there.

“Because the U.S. Army prepares its Soldiers to operate anywhere in the world, this publication describes the unique requirements and flying techniques crewmembers will use to successfully operate in extreme environments, not always encountered in home station training.”

See “Fundamentals of Flight,” Field Manual FM 3-04.203, May 2007 (18 MB PDF file).