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Chris Hedges: NDAA Lawsuit Update

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from Stop NDAA

On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA).

The National Defense Authorization Act is a bill passed into law each year. It allows the government to continue funding national security interests and the military for the next fiscal year. This year’s bill, however, was different: It contains a series of striking provisions which violate basic principles of American jurisprudence, and which we believe to be unconstitutional.

The 2012 NDAA greatly expands the power of the federal government to fight the so-called War on Terror. Many — including some of the law’s sponsors — assert that the NDAA seeks to authorize the US military, for the first time in more than 200 years, to carry out domestic policing.

The language of this law is dangerously vague, but many — including several of its sponsors — believe that it grants what are essentially dictatorial powers to the federal government to arrest any American citizen (or anyone, anywhere) without warrant and to indefinitely detain them without any charge. Suspects can be shipped by the military to our offshore prisons and kept there until “the end of hostilities.” It is a catastrophic blow to civil liberties.

Section 1021 defines a “covered person” – one subject to detention – as “a person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or “associated forces” that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.”

The law, however, does not define the terms “substantially supported,” “directly supported” or “associated forces.” As it stands, the law violates the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments of the US Constitution and most of the Bill of Rights.

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  1. Billy Fuster

    February 10th, 2013

    Hey everbody–pay your taxes so you can keep funding this tyranny.

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  2. Carlos the Jackal

    February 10th, 2013

    Remember the “War On Drugs?”
    Big success. All it really did is allow authority to infringe increasingly on privacy and ownership rights, among others.
    More importantly, it got people used to having their rights trampled on “for the children” or whatever.
    Just like communism is the next phase after socialism, the war on terror is war on drugs multiplied by infinity.

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  3. Kenny Sullivan

    February 10th, 2013

    I quit watching at 4:11 when he called Boooosh a moron…I know I have seen this lunatic somewhere before, just can’t place it right now…OWS supporter maybe?

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  4. Claudia

    February 10th, 2013

    @Kenny, I missed that. Darn.

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  5. Kenny Sullivan

    February 10th, 2013

    Claudia, I remember this guy, and I think it was from an OWS thing I posted…too lazy to look it up right now…but at least he is after obama on this issue. I guess it makes him a consistant asshole….

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  6. Anonymous

    February 11th, 2013

    another nail in the coffin…should be pretty obvious what obama has planned for our future.

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