Sep 14, 2012 by TheBigPictureRT
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.
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.
Sep 14, 2012 by RTAmerica
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.