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Chris Hedges: The Assault on Civil Liberties Under Obama More Egregious Than Under Bush + Carl Mayer: They Can’t Chill Your Freedom of Speech

with Chris Hedges
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September 14, 2012

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Sep 14, 2012 by

Chris Hedges, Truthdig “The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress” joins Thom Hartmann. Civil liberties advocates led by journalists and writers Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, and Noam Chomsky secured a big victory yesterday. Federal Judge Katherine Forrest struck down the controversial indefinite detention provision passed and signed by President Obama on New Year’s Eve last year as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Judge Forrester agreed with the plaintiffs that the provision could chill the First Amendment and leave journalists vulnerable to indefinite detention if they associate with terrorist organizations while trying to cover stories. The Obama Administration is appealing the ruling.

Court Rules NDAA Unconstitutional


Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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Sep 14, 2012 by

A federal judge has ruled that the Government cannot enforce a provision that allows the military to detain those in support of terrorists or “associated forces.” The latter words here are key – that’s because the plaintiffs in this case against consist of reporters and activists that say they believe they can fall under this category by reporting in the Middle East. According to the group they can be indefinitely detained because their jobs sometimes require them to interact with terrorists. The judge granted a temporary injunction back in May which put a temporary block on that part of the law. Federal judge Katherine Forrest has now made the order permanent. Carl Mayer, an attorney with the Mayer Law Group and co-counsel to the plaintiff in this case, joins RT’s Liz Wahl for the details.

Media ignores NDAA

see

White House Appeals NDAA Indefinite Detention Ruling

Federal Court In New York Just Ruled Indefinite Detention Unconstitutional and Issued A Permanent Injunction Against Use Of That Law

Congress Expands Spying On Americans + Nadler: More Oversight Needed for Warrantless Wiretaps + Kucinich: Let’s Vote Against Big Brother

Chris Hedges: NDAA Allows For Indefinite Detention, Which In An Age Of Permanent War Is A Very Long Time

NDAA on trial: Obama Administration fights ban on indefinite detention of Americans

Criminalizing Dissent by Chris Hedges

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  6. I only wish Chris Hedges and others would help mobilize a major transformation to amend the US Constitution for the National Initiative for Democracy http://ni4d.us/ Protesting against a corrupt system is educational, this campaign is proactive and gives voice to we, the people to directly enact laws without government interference.

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  8. Chris Hedges is a hero of mine. I just got his new book on Amazon and will be attending a talk by him in NYC on the 24th. He’s a great patriot–a voice of sanity in an otherwise insane world.

  9. What a great achievement. When I listen to Chris Hedges he makes me feel sane and hopeful.

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  12. Just received my copy of ‘Days of Destruction Days of Revolt.’

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