Tag Archives: defense authorization act

Chris Hedges: Fighting the Militarized State

 “We have already seen journalists such as [you] and Laura Poitras detained and denied access to a lawyer and due process. This law will make legal any such detentions. It will permit the military, on American soil, to throw journalists and activists in a military prison without trial or due process.”  — Carl Mayer Alexa O’Brien speaks […]

Chris Hedges Responds to NDAA Defeat, Says It’s a ‘Black Day’ for Liberty

It means there is no recourse now either within the Executive, Legislative or Judicial branches of government to halt the steady assault on our civil liberties and most basic Constitutional rights.  —Posted by Peter Z. Scheer  Jul 17, 2013  truthdig.com. Holding a single flower each, two protesters wearing black hoods and orange jumpsuits take part in a demonstration in […]

NDAA Indefinite Detention Bill Passes Senate After Rand Paul Calls It An ‘Abomination’

NDAA Indefinite Detention Bill Passes Senate After Rand Paul Calls It An ‘Abomination’ By Matt Sledge 12/21/2012  huffingtonpost.com The Senate passed a version of the National Defense Authorization Act that was stripped of a prohibition of the indefinite military detention of US citizens on American soil by an 81-14 vote on Friday, but only after […]

Noam Chomsky: America, Moral Degenerate

Noam Chomsky: America, Moral Degenerate Democrats and Republicans alike embrace torture and assassination policies that are an attack on 800 years of civil rights law. December 13, 2012  |    CIVIL LIBERTIES  AlterNet.org Torture: Asian and Global Perspectives / By Eric Bailey, Noam Chomsky Noam Chomsky and Eric Bailey of Torture Magazine discuss America’s human rights record under President Obama, and the military […]

Alexa O’Brien> A letter to my family and friends about the NDAA and me

A letter to my family and friends about the NDAA and me By Alexa O’Brien on October 3, 2012 12:00 AM  October2011.org Dear friends and family, I am reassured to know that you have my back, and that you have done everything to prevent the US Government from threatening to detain me indefinitely without charge for my work as […]

Chris Hedges> Criminalizing Dissent

Criminalizing Dissent Photo by CTJ71081 (CC-BY) By Chris Hedges   Posted on Aug 13, 2012    truthdig.com I was on the 15th floor of the Southern U.S. District Court in New York in the courtroom of Judge Katherine Forrest last Tuesday. It was the final hearing in the lawsuit I brought in January against President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense […]

NDAA on trial: White House refuses to abide with ban against indefinite detention of Americans

NDAA on trial: White House refuses to abide with ban against indefinite detention of Americans Published: 10 August, 2012, 20:44    RT  Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Jim Watson) Not only is the White House fighting in court for the power to jail Americans indefinitely without trial, but the Obama administration is refusing to tell a […]

Stephen Lendman> Battleground Chicago

Battleground Chicago Chicago cops beat NATO protesters. By Stephen Lendman (about the author)     May 22, 2012     opednews.com Chicago police have an odious reputation for brutality. It’s well deserved. On Sunday, it showed up forcefully. The whole world watched. Baton-wielding cops confronted protesters violently. Official policy is swing first, ask questions later, and blame victims for […]

Chris Hedges> The Polite Conference Rooms Where Liberties Are Saved and Lost

The Polite Conference Rooms Where Liberties Are Saved and Lost by Chris Hedges    Monday, March 26, 2012     Truthdig via Common Dreams I spent four hours in a third-floor conference room at 86 Chambers St. in Manhattan on Friday as I underwent a government deposition. Benjamin H. Torrance, an assistant U.S. attorney, carried out the questioning as part […]

Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal

Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal 29 February, 2012   RT Washington: US park police detains a Christian religious activist during a pro-life demonstration in front of the White House in Washington on February 16, 2012. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad) Just when you thought the government couldn’t ruin the First Amendment any further: The […]

Creeping Fascism> Ask the Cop on the Corner, Ask the Cop at Your Front Door

Ask the Cop on the Corner, Ask the Cop at Your Front Door Creeping Fascism by RON JACOBS    February 17-19, 2012    Counterpunch The list contines to grow.  The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The essentially unprovoked police attacks on protesters, bystanders and journalists at Occupy protests around the nation.  The continuing murder of […]

Alexander Cockburn> Time for the Tumbrils!

Time for the Tumbrils! by Alexander Cockburn   February 12, 2012   creators.com Back in the 1960s, Herbert Marcuse pointed out in one of his books that the Pentagon had given up on verbs. Pentagonese consisted of clotted groups of nouns, marching along in groups of three or four. Verbs, which connected nouns in purposive […]

Video> Anonymous – Message to the American People & NDAA Protests

National Day of Protest Against the NDAA February 3, 2012.  In Minneapolis at Obama’s Campaign Headquarters, 4:30 pm, 2722 University Ave SE. Uploaded by anonymous04210 on Dec 3, 2011 Dear brothers and sisters. Now is the time to open your eyes! In a stunning move that has civil libertarians stuttering with disbelief, the U.S. Senate has just passed a […]

Sen. Franken and Conservatives Unite to Fight Indefinite Detention

Sen. Franken and Conservatives Unite to Fight Indefinite Detention By Joe Picard and Jeremy Herb, The Hill    28 January 12     RSN trange bedfellows on Capitol Hill, ranging from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.), are joining forces to change controversial detainee language that was signed into law by President Obama last […]

Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Hedges with video from Democracy Now!

Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Hedges Truthdigger of the Week    Posted on Jan 20, 2012  Late last year, President Obama pulled a fast one by changing his stance on the National Defense Authorization Act so suddenly and drastically that Americans were left with a bad case of legislative whiplash—and a very serious state of affairs with regard […]

Occupy protesters underwhelmed after meeting with senator’s staff

Occupy protesters underwhelmed after meeting with senator’s staff Miranda Leitsinger/msnbc.com Members of the Occupy movement from North Carolina ventured to Washington, D.C., for Occupy Congress. Front row left to right: Moises Serrano, Giovanna Hurtado, Amanda Porter-Cox. Back row left to right: William Murphy, Jon Ashley, Tony Ndege By Miranda Leitsinger   msnbc.com For Occupy protester […]

Video Occupy Congress> Sgt. Shamar Thomas Detains Sen. Carl Levin Over NDAA

Uploaded by ncftTV on Jan 17, 2012 more: http://www.AcronymTV.com On day #1 of Occupy Congress, Sgt Shamar Thomas (of 1 Marine Vs. 30 Cops fame) joined forces with members of from both Occupations in DC and Occupy Wall Street in a protest inside of Senator Carl Levin’s office today, “detaining” Sen. Levin… indefinitely for Co- Sponsoring the National Defense […]

Coleen Rowley> A Rainy Day in D.C., Marching to Close Guantanamo

A Rainy Day in D.C., Marching to Close Guantanamo By Coleen Rowley   Posted: 1/17/12   Huffington Post It’s hard to know what to do, as mere citizens, to try and fix things so many years after the United States government decided it did not have to follow its own laws, the Geneva Conventions or […]

Chris Hedges> Why I’m Suing Barack Obama

Why I’m Suing Barack Obama By Chris Hedges   Posted on Jan 16, 2012   truthdig Detainees pray at the U.S. military detention facility known as Camp Bucca in Iraq in this 2009 photo. (AP / Dusan Vranic) Attorneys Carl J. Mayer and Bruce I. Afran filed a complaint Friday in the Southern U.S. District Court in New York […]

Daily Kos: Continuing Protests Against NDAA Indefinite Military Detention of U.S. Citizens, Recall Efforts On.

Continuing Protests Against NDAA Indefinite Military Detention of U.S. Citizens, Recall Efforts On by Ralph Lopez   WED JAN 11, 2012     Daily Kos Revealing the failure of the coordinated campaign by defenders of the National Defense Authorization Act 2011 (NDAA) to lie about its applicability to U.S. citizens, protesters at the White House continued to […]