Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Suing Obama over Indefinite Detention (video)

RT.com; Wisdom Quarterly
In the past Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges has worked for NPR, The New York Times, and the Christian Science Monitor.
In his latest endeavor, however, he is teaming up with an unlikely pair, a couple of attorneys who will help him take on the president [of the corporation of the USA].
US President Barack Obama is the target of a suit filed by Hedges, and the reasoning seems more than obvious to him. The decision to take our "commander-in-chief" to court comes as a response to Obama’s December 31st signing of the NDAA, or National Defense Authorization Act, a legislation that allows the US military to detain American citizens indefinitely at secretive off-site torture prisons like Guantanamo Bay.
Obama pretended to amend the NDAA with a signing statement on New Year's Eve, insisting that while the act does indeed give him the power to detain American citizens indefinitely without charge, that does not mean he will do so. [And if you change your mind? And what about future presidents?]
Specifically, Obama wrote that his administration “will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens.”

Under another piece of legislation, however, the government is being granted the right to suspend citizenship of any American if the Enemy Expatriation Act joins the ranks of the NDAA as an atrocious act approved by the president. [So he is lying again even as he technically tells the truth.]
“Once again, you just have to be accused of supporting hostilities [whatever 'support' means since it is not defined by the act] which could be defined any way the government sees fit. Then the government can strip your citizenship and apply the indefinite detention section of the NDAA without the benefit of a trial,” journalist Stephen Foster Jr. wrote in January of the act.
In a blog post published on TruthDig.com, Hedges announces his effort to take Obama to court... More

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