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Daniel Ellsberg: NDAA Indefinite Detention Provision is Part of Systematic Assault on Constitution + Kill List Exposed

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Witness Against Torture: National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Cements Indefinite Detention

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democracynow·Feb 5, 2013

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A lawsuit challenging a law that gives the government the power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens is back in federal court this week. On Wednesday, a group of academics, journalists, and activists will present oral arguments in court against a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, authorizing the military to jail anyone it considers a terrorism suspect anywhere in the world without charge or trial. In a landmark ruling last September, Judge Katherine Forrest of the Southern District of New York struck down the indefinite detention provision, saying it likely violates the First and Fifth Amendments of U.S. citizens. We’re joined by Daniel Ellsberg, a plaintiff in the case and perhaps the country’s most famous whistleblower. Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, exposing the secret history of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

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Kill List Exposed: Leaked Obama Memo Shows Assassination of U.S. Citizens “Has No Geographic Limit”

democracynow·Feb 5, 2013

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The Obama administration’s internal legal justification for assassinating U.S. citizens without charge has been revealed for the first time. In a secret Justice Department memo, the administration claims it has legal authority to assassinate U.S. citizens overseas even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the United States. We’re joined by Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “If you look at the memo, there is no geographic line,” says Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “Now the Obama administration is making a greater claim of authority in some ways [than President Bush]. They are arguing the authority to kill American citizens has no geographic limit.”

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US government reveals memo on killing of Americans

RTAmerica·Feb 5, 2013

On Tuesday, a confidential Justice Department memo was released revealing the legal justification for the US government to conduct drone strikes on American citizens abroad. The portion of the memo that has been getting a lot of attention is that the government does not need evidence to justify a deadly attack. NBC first got its hands on the white paper and now a group of 11 bipartisan senators are demanding answers from the Obama administration. Stephen Miles, coalition coordinator for Win without War, gives us his take on the secret drone memo.

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Action Alert

Urge the Senate to Press Brennan on Drone Strikes

www.justforeignpolicy.org

At long last, the Administration has released a “white paper” explaining its legal rationale for conducting drone strikes on Americans. Why did this happen? Because of pressure.

What might more pressure accomplish?

John Brennan is appearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday for his confirmation hearing as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Take Action via http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1439/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12446

see

The 2012 NDAA – The Most Dangerous Law Since the Civil War

Statement by the President on H.R. 4310 + Obama Signs NDAA 2013 + Kucinich: Indefinite Detention Part of Push to Shred Constitution

NDAA–The Final Battle by Chris Hedges

Tangerine Bolen: NDAA 2013 – Indefinite Detention Without Trial Is Back

Throw out the NDAA, End the Wars and Start Nation Building at Home by Dennis J. Kucinich

When Did the Coup Take Place? by Luke Hiken

Reining in Obama and His Drones by Ralph Nader

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  19. Adding to a resource document read this

    The Paranoia of the Superrich and Superpowerful
    Washington’s Dilemma on a “Lost” Planet
    by Noam Chomsky
    http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/the-paranoia-of-the-superrich-and-superpowerful-by-noam-chomsky/

  20. We must agree that Right is Right and Wrong does not Belong.

    Again the scared of us has come forward with the NDAA to hopefully warn us HANDS OFF.

    All clues of what is going on tells us that the scared of us is getting more scared as they try to take us all back to slave days.

    And that my friends has been going on for years upon years, even when our sights were given another human high tower to believe in the power bosses were still in charge even then. They allowed those human high towers to come to power to help squelch the pent up anger that had been brewing for years.

    To prove my points ASK A VET? Serving in the Armed Forces from the beginning of World War I through all our wars since then from out of the mouths of the Vet’s we can get all the answers needed to take back our USA government. One by one most have come forward to declare our wars were a farce and we should not have sent our young out to die spilling their blood on foreign lands.

    But to satisfy the ones scared of us they perpetuate wars to try and seize back control hoping on all hopes to turn our young men and women into mercenaries that will once at home take us out too. But those things too are not a new thing in the world order. All we must do is read history going all the way back to the days of ancient Greece when democracy was introduced and from there on what a ride for mankind. The words and wills from the power bosses then were much like ours today. They would try to dispel the rules of their laws to detonate the principles of ownership of land and personal and property rights for all peoples,
    And their things.

    So going back is an easy thing to do and to fully understand where we are today as a people in this great and bountiful land we must study history.

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