Why I’m Suing Barack Obama by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
Jan. 16, 2012

Indefinite Detention

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Attorneys Carl J. Mayer and Bruce I. Afran filed a complaint Friday in the Southern U.S. District Court in New York City on my behalf as a plaintiff against Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to challenge the legality of the Authorization for Use of Military Force as embedded in the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act, signed by the president Dec. 31.

The act authorizes the military in Title X, Subtitle D, entitled “Counter-Terrorism,” for the first time in more than 200 years, to carry out domestic policing. With this bill, which will take effect March 3, the military can indefinitely detain without trial any U.S. citizen deemed to be a terrorist or an accessory to terrorism. And suspects can be shipped by the military to our offshore penal colony in Guantanamo Bay and kept there until “the end of hostilities.” It is a catastrophic blow to civil liberties.


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


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15 thoughts on “Why I’m Suing Barack Obama by Chris Hedges

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  11. As usual, the man is dead on…. this is not for al Qaida!! This was passed as a way to control our people… If we don’t do everything we can to get this repealed, what next?? The patrols will be on the streets after curfew?? Every empire, every one, found a need to control the populace… Good catch my dear… of course you know I had to stop and read it!! 😉

      • Oh indeed, that’s what makes it so insidious! But at this moment, or rather in the A.m. I will be putting my congressman And senator on speed dial! I will wait till they come home.I know where they go.there is
        no hiding, I want to know why it was signed by them! If I must I will camp around their homes!

  12. It’s worth remembering that not so long ago that people were accused by some on the right of giving aid and comfort to the enemy for criticizing the President or his policies during war time or criticizing the war effort itself.

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