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The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
February 11, 2013

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On Wednesday a few hundred activists crowded into the courtroom of the Second Circuit, the spillover room with its faulty audio feed and dearth of chairs, and Foley Square outside the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in Manhattan where many huddled in the cold. The fate of the nation, we understood, could be decided by the three judges who will rule on our lawsuit against President Barack Obama for signing into law Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The section permits the military to detain anyone, including U.S. citizens, who “substantially support”—an undefined legal term—al-Qaida, the Taliban or “associated forces,” again a term that is legally undefined. Those detained can be imprisoned indefinitely by the military and denied due process until “the end of hostilities.” In an age of permanent war this is probably a lifetime. Anyone detained under the NDAA can be sent, according to Section (c)(4), to any “foreign country or entity.” This is, in essence, extraordinary rendition of U.S. citizens. It empowers the government to ship detainees to the jails of some of the most repressive regimes on earth.

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via Truthdig


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.

Copyright © 2013 Truthdig

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Chris Hedges NDAA update

wearechange·Feb 7, 2013

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Daniel Ellsburg on the NDAA Lawsuit

wearechange·Feb 7, 2013

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Alexa O’Brien: NDAA Lawsuit Update

wearechangect·Feb 8, 2013

We Are Change CT was able to talk to Journalist & Activist Alexa O’Brien one of the 7 NDAA Plaintiffs on the NDAA court ruling, the War on Whistleblowers, the NDAA in relation to the Bradley Manning Case & more.

Cameraman: Steven Boutelle

Learn more about the NDAA here: http://www.stopndaa.org/

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NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake on the NDAA

wearechangect·Feb 8, 2013

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NDAA: Hedges v. Obama: Did The Bill of Rights Die Today? by Jill Dalton

Chris Hedges: NDAA: This Is The Final Battle Between The Restoration Of Due Process and The Imposition Of A Military State (updated)

Thomas Drake: Corporations and the US Government–It’s An Unholy Alliance

The American Manifest Destiny by Clive Hambidge

Chris Hedges: NDAA: All These Laws Are Being Put Through By Design

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

Chris Hedges: They Seek To Subjugate Us All

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13 Responses

  1. [...] The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State by Chris Hedges [...]

  2. [...] The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State by Chris Hedges [...]

  3. [...] The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State by Chris Hedges [...]

  4. [...] The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State by Chris Hedges [...]

  5. “The section permits the military to detain anyone, including U.S. citizens, who “substantially support”—an undefined legal term—al-Qaida, the Taliban or “associated forces,” again a term that is legally undefined.”

    Just those few words ~ “support” plus “al-Qaida” plus “associated forces” ~ are therefore more than sufficient for the US administration to “detain” itself! Since when did they ever stop supporting “associated forces of al-Qaida?” From Afghanistan to Libya, to Syria and now out of Algeria and beyond. The absurdity of this legal charade beggars belief.

    The facts in Syria alone provide not just sufficient, but unequivocal evidence of their very generous, continued and indeed unstinting support …so Mr Pres.Obama will have to arrest himself in the event this passes into “law.” Some law. Outlaw more like.

  6. [...] The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State by Chris Hedges [...]

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