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Chris Hedges Sues Obama Admin Over Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens Approved in NDAA

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: National Defense Authorization Act, Chris Hedges, Court, military in domestic policing, sue, obama, americans )

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National Defense Authorization Act "It is clearly unconstitutional," Hedges says of the bill. "It is a huge and egregious assault against our democracy. It overturns over 200 years of law, which has kept the military out of domestic policing."


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Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 8:15 pm
"And I think we have to ask, if the security establishment did not want this bill, and the FBI Director Mueller actually goes to Congress and says publicly they don’t want it, why did it pass? What pushed it through?

And I think, without question, the corporate elites understand that things, certainly economically, are about to get much worse.

I think they’re worried about the Occupy movement expanding. And I think that, in the end—and this is a supposition—they don’t trust the police to protect them, and they want to be able to call in the Army. And if this bill goes into law, and it’s slated to go into law in March, they will be able to do that.


Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 8:19 pm
The Plutocracy is in control, they own most of our elected Officials. Support them if you want, the Democrats or Republicans, I will no longer caste my vote to Parties that have done this to me.
Who limits funding to $ Corporate influence......the People's Party. We have the numbers we need to stop supporting those who sold our Liberties away. It comes down to that basic fact.....Do you support your Jailers?

Sue H (7)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 10:57 pm
Mr. Hedges, whoever you are, thank you and I hope that you have very deep pockets.

Caitlin M (104)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 5:00 am
I hope finally this NDAA signing by this president will convince enough of us that, in spite of our hopes and expectations for Barack Obama, he has done extremely wrong with this action. He has done more wrong than right by us it seems, but this was the last straw for me. Do consider the Justice Party and Rocky Anderson this November. We cannot let either party get away with robbing us of our rights. Kudos to Chris Hedges for the action he's taking. Hopefully his case will be heard before March, when the NDAA goes into effect. Chris may suddenly be deemed a suspected terrorist and never be seen again (indefinite detention!). Don't laugh! Although I offered this in what would have been humorous yesterday, today it is way too possible to be amusing. Thanks again, Dandelion, for keeping up the good fight.

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 5:45 am
Good luck to him. But, as Sue said, I hope he has very deep pockets.

Myron Scott (70)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 7:02 am
Unfortunately, I doubt he can establish legal standing to sue under existing interpretations of that constitutional requirement. His lawsuit probably will be dismissed fairly early on.

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 1:36 pm
noted, thanks Dandelion

R. G (12)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 6:14 pm
He may have a chance at winning this suit if he is filing for a "DECLARTORY JUDGEMENT". What this means is that he will be asking the judge to rule as to the constitutionality of the law. This means that before he could be cited on the law for his activities, the judge can rule that the law is unconstitutional. Courts will not usually hear these cases. unless involving important constitutional rights. I say this would concern important constitutionality rights!

Mary T (178)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 9:16 pm
Thanks Dandelion this is unconstitutional and should be overturned and truly hope it is.

Patricia E G (52)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 9:40 pm
Dee, I think you are on the right track. The 1% are looking out for #1.
They are looking ahead, far ahead to cover their asses.
They know the crap is going to hit the fan ... eventually

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 7:01 am
I don't consider myself the brightest crayon in the box Pat, nor the dullest either, but when an intellectual like Chris Hedges places on the news the EXACT thoughts that were in my mind, then to me it's like 'BINGO". You can't for a minute think the 1% are going to voluntarily roll over and make nice so they are preparing. They all realize that one day the police are going to wake up and realize, "hey, thats right, we too are the 99%, and I can't pay my rent/mortgage this month, my children need to go to the Dentist and there is no extra monies", yes, they will eventually wake up too.

Ingrid A (524)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 10:32 am
Thank you Dandelion. Its noted.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 10:53 am
I just think NDAA is laying the groundwork for a situation similar to Pre Germany WW2, and what Hitler (1% or better known as the corporate fascists) did to the Jews (citizens of USA)...

TY, Dandelion.

Dianne Lien (77)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 1:27 pm
United States the free..maybe we aren't so free anymore. Watch what you say...own guns, own food, etc. Ask how high, when they tell you to jump.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 2:11 pm
You are not the only one feeling this way or thinking this way Jim.....

A man I was speaking to, his age about 80, said his brother was one of the pall bearers of JFK's casket. He said this is exactly the things that were taking place in the twenties and thirties of Germany.

We have not paid is at our own peril. This is all hands on deck, people need to understand this.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 6:39 pm
Americans are asleep, we must wake you and speak out when ever possible. I can't understand Obama, he has gone to far !!!! It is just plain unconstitutional and ignores human rights.

Arild Warud (174)
Friday January 20, 2012, 1:30 am
Wake up USA!!

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)

Thanks for posting this Dandelion.

Susan L (150)
Friday January 20, 2012, 1:58 am
This is exactly what needs to be said and we all need to pay attention. I think Chris Hedges is absolutely right in his worry - and we in ours. As Dandelion said, we didn't ALL just decide it was time to worry 'for no reason'. Anyone who has read the FBI list of indicators to determine likely 'terrorists', should not be surprised as our Constitution and individual freedoms have been systematically eliminated since 911. This is a very worrisome time we live in.

Rita D (87)
Friday January 20, 2012, 5:01 am
Thanks af lot for this IMPORTANT post Dandelion! A great video!. Thank you Chris Hedges and everyone who dares to stand up and speak the truth! I hope from the bottom of my heart that lots of people will see this and wake up.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday January 20, 2012, 5:32 am
Sue H. left a comment, Chris Hedges, whoever he is. I should of left this sooner, a brief as to who he is.

Christopher Lynn Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is an American journalist, author, and war correspondent, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and societies.[1] His most recent book is The World As It Is (2011).[2]

Hedges is also known as the best-selling author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. A quotation from the book was used as the opening title quotation in the film, The Hurt Locker (2009). The quotation reads: "The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug."[3][4][5]

Chris Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City.[6] He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times,[1] where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years (1990–2005).

In 2002, Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He also received in 2002 the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University[1] and The University of Toronto. He writes a weekly column on Mondays for Truthdig and authored what The New York Times described as "a call to arms" for the first issue of The Occupied Wall Street Journal, the newspaper giving voice to The Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park, New York City.


Iona Kentwell (129)
Friday January 20, 2012, 3:36 pm
He sounds like an interesting guy. Is it possible that there is a choice?

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 20, 2012, 5:17 pm
Thanks for the video, Sheryl, I read the story before on RSN and I too had those very same ideas. I fully agree with Jim and most other comments here, also with Myron, while I hope that Raymond G is right. However, I find it hard to believe that a professor for constitutional law would sign unless the bill is "waterproof".
Also, the NDAA comes in quite handy as an excuse for the broken promise of closing Gtmo, which then will probably exist forever.
To get an idea what your future may look like, you just need to look to Egypt where the military took over the rule after the revolution. Hopefully the situation will now better after the elections. And the example in all other countries during their "spring" showed massive defections of police and other formerly govmt loyal forces, so the thoughts mentioned above are very reasonable and justified. The "American spring" has already begun and, no doubt, the elite and govmt are very aware of that and preparing to challenge it.

Kamila A (141)
Friday January 27, 2012, 8:47 pm
we are in much deeper trouble than we can imagine. We are also much more powerful to enact change than we can imagine......lets do something productive.
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