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The Post-Constitutional Era


The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear our challenge to the law that lets the military indefinitely imprison U.S. citizens is another example of the transformation of the judiciary into an enemy of the Constitution.

Posted on May 4, 2014 READ MORE

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Chris Hedges’ Indefinite Detention Case


In a major decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and other plaintiffs the right to challenge a law that allows the U.S. military to indefinitely detain people alleged or suspected to have helped al-Qaida or the Taliban.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE

Fighting the Militarized State


The government has asked the Supreme Court not to hear my appeal that challenges the right of the military to arrest U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Signs NDAA, Maintaining Indefinite Detention Provision


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In an odd juxtaposition, Obama signed the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday while criticizing Congress for abridging the constitutional separation of powers, yet is unconcerned about the violation of individual constitutional rights contained in the law.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE

The Revolutionaries in Our Midst


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The corporate state’s illegitimacy and destruction of privacy and civil liberties are spawning a class of young idealists such as Jeremy Hammond.

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 READ MORE

Supreme Court Preview: A Storm Is on the Horizon


AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

As the war clouds gather over Washington in preparation for airstrikes against Syria, the nine justices who sit on the Supreme Court have returned from summer break and are preparing to kick up a legal storm of their own as they resume their quest to radically transform federal law and the Constitution.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE

The Last Chance to Stop the NDAA


Illustration by Mr. Fish

An “anti-terrorism” provision permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely. If the Supreme Court refuses to take up an appeal that I and fellow plaintiffs are filing, our nation will become a militarized state where all dissent is stifled.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE

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


AP/Jacquelyn Martin

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has dealt a terrible blow to Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky and the other activists and journalists suing to prevent the indefinite military detention of American citizens.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE

Chris Hedges: The ‘Terrifying’ State Assault on Press Freedom

“We are now in the last moments of an effort to, in essence, effectively extinguish press freedom,” the Truthdig columnist told “Democracy Now!” in a conversation Wednesday about revelations of the Justice Department’s seizure of work, home and cellphone records of up to 100 reporters and editors at The Associated Press.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE

A Law to Nullify the NDAA?


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A state bill sponsored by Republican Tim Donnelly would guarantee Californians protection from the threat of indefinite detention made possible by the National Defense Authorization Act.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE

Wake Up

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE    

‘Operation SOTU’: Anonymous Vows to Hack State of the Union


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“We reject the State of the Union. We reject the authority of the President to sign arbitrary orders and bring irresponsible and damaging controls to the Internet,” a statement posted to one of the websites affiliated with the group said. “There will be no State of the Union Address on the web tonight.”

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE

Activist Heavyweights Convene Against NDAA

After a court hearing over the 2012 NDAA in Manhattan on Wednesday, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges appeared on a panel of activists who are suing the Obama administration over its attempt to claim the right to indefinitely hold U.S. citizens in military detention.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE

Michael Moore Asks Americans to Stand Up to Obama, Back NDAA Suit


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The filmmaker and liberal activist is taking a stand against President Obama’s National Defense Authorization Act by supporting a lawsuit that seeks to change the “dangerous” measure, and he’s urging others to do the same.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE

The 113th Congress Can’t Be Worse Than the 112th Congress


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This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the LA Times is reborn.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE

Negotiating With ‘Madmen’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the L.A. Times is reborn.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE

Controversial 2013 NDAA Now Law, Biden’s Awkward Swearing-In Jokes, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including the start of the 113th Congress, the GOP continues its war against women and two more states weigh legalizing gay marriage.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 READ MORE

The Final Battle


AP/Alex Brandon

Now that Congress has turned its back on the right to due process and trial by jury, the courts are the last line of defense against establishment of a gulag state.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE

Cutting Through the Controversy About Indefinite Detention and the NDAA


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The provision about holding suspects indefinitely and without charges had generated plenty of controversy, particularly about whether U.S. citizens could be detained in that manner. This year, the Senate bill says that citizens can’t be detained in the U.S. but concerns remain about the scope of detention powers.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE

Obama Threatens NDAA Veto, Colbert Mocks ‘War on Men,’ and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on George H.W. Bush’s condition after his hospitalization and why Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is being sued.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE

Senators Band Together to End NDAA’s Indefinite Detention Provision


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“The federal government experimented with indefinite detention of United States citizens during World War II, a mistake we now recognize as a betrayal of our core values,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday as she introduced an amendment to end the provision. “Let’s not repeat it.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE

Discipline, Not Democracy, for Afghanistan and Iraq


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The U.S. government formally values the human right to be free from indefinite detention without charge, except in certain cases such as when the practice is useful for securing its own interests in Afghanistan and Iraq, writes Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 READ MORE

Rocky Anderson Decides Not to Get Arrested


White House/Lawrence Jackson

Justice Party presidential candidate Rocky Anderson stood outside the White House on the eve of the election demanding that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder respond to the stripping away of American rights that began under George W. Bush and accelerated when Obama took office in 2008.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE

NDAA Setback: Latest Court Ruling Paves Way for ‘Indefinite Detention’


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An appeals court Tuesday extended a temporary stay of a judge’s order prohibiting the Obama administration’s controversial efforts to put any U.S. citizen the government deems a terrorism suspect behind bars indefinitely without being charged or tried.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest


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U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest did the right thing for the second time in four months when she permanently affirmed an earlier ruling that blocked a statute giving the government detention powers that could put journalists and activists behind bars.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 READ MORE

‘The Face of Indefinite Detention’

A federal appeals court judge placed an emergency stay Monday on a lower court’s ruling against the indefinite detention provision of the National Defense Authorization Act, meaning the government has again made clear its intent to abolish trials for anyone it considers a suspect of terrorism.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE

We Won—for Now


AP/John Minchillo

In January I sued President Barack Obama for authorizing the military to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, in short, just declared the law unconstitutional.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 READ MORE

Criminalizing Dissent


Photo by CTJ71081 (CC-BY)

The very name of the law itself—the Homeland Battlefield Bill—suggests the totalitarian credo of endless war waged against enemies within “the homeland” as well as those abroad.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE

NDAA Update: Another Legal Victory


"Democracy Now!"

A federal judge on Wednesday said that her earlier ruling on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act applied to everyone, not just the plaintiffs in the case. She made the clarification in upholding a preliminary injunction that would block the military from indefinitely detaining American citizens it accused of supporting terrorists. Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges (above) is among the plaintiffs.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 READ MORE

A Victory for All of Us


AP/Mary Altaffer

We hoped we could draw attention to the injustice of the law. None of us thought we would win. But every once in a while the gods smile on the damned.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest


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A decade of war on terror has created a culture of deference in which U.S. officials may restrict American civil liberties in the name of national security. This Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest bravely challenged that culture.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on the NDAA Injunction

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the U.S. government over a provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that could enable the indefinite detention of American citizens, spoke with “Democracy Now!” alongside attorney Bruce Afran about a federal judge’s decision on Wednesday to block that provision.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE

Judge Blocks Portion of NDAA


AP/Mary Altaffer

A federal judge Wednesday issued an injunction against a National Defense Authorization Act provision that grants the military the right to detain anyone it suspects of involvement in terrorism. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled in favor of a group of plaintiffs, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, who filed a lawsuit against the legislation within weeks of President Obama signing it.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE

Someone You Love: Coming to a Gulag Near You


Illustration by Mr. Fish

Our 16 national intelligence agencies and army of private contractors justify their existence by turning even the mundane into a potential threat. And by the time they finish, the nation will be a gulag.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 READ MORE

The Polite Conference Rooms Where Liberties Are Saved and Lost


AP / John Minchillo

I spent four hours in a third-floor conference room at 86 Chambers St. in Manhattan on Friday as I underwent a government deposition.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE

Holder: U.S. Can Kill Citizens in Overseas Terror Groups

Eric Holder
U.S. Dept. of Justice

According to Attorney General Eric Holder, it is within the government’s rights to kill American citizens implicated in anti-U.S. terrorist plots hatched abroad. Along with general human rights concerns, this raises some issues vis-à-vis the Constitution and the Fifth Amendment.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Hedges


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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 to our civil liberties.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on His Lawsuit Against the President


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This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The great Internet switch-off; the ACLU vs. jailhouse abuse; S&P’s downgrade mania; Robert Scheer on the election, and Chris Hedges discusses his lawsuit against the president.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on His Lawsuit Against the President

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The great Internet switch-off; the ACLU vs. jailhouse abuse; S&P’s downgrade mania; Robert Scheer on the election, and Chris Hedges discusses his lawsuit against the president.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE

Why I’m Suing Barack Obama


AP / Dusan Vranic

On my behalf, attorneys have challenged a law that allows imprisonment of U.S. citizens without trial.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE

Do We Need to Worry About the NDAA?

Ian Masters asks Dahlia Lithwick, a contributing editor at Newsweek and a senior editor and legal correspondent at Slate, to dig into the NDAA and report on whether our civil liberties are as threatened as they seem to be by the defense bill President Obama signed on New Year’s Eve.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 READ MORE

Liberty Detained

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE

Dennis Kucinich on the NDAA and ‘War Without End’


U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Rasheen Douglas

Last week Rep. Dennis Kucinich addressed the House of Representatives on the National Defense Authorization Act.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: NDAA Dissenters in Congress


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Though they couldn’t stop the freedom-crushing National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 from becoming law, Truthdig salutes the efforts of the members of the U.S. Congress who took a stand against the NDAA in the final round of voting this week.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE

There Goes the Republic


AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

What’s alarming is the ease with which an otherwise deadlocked Congress that can’t manage minimal funding for job creation passes a bill that threatens the foundations of our republican form of government.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE

Human Rights Watch Says Obama Will Go Down in History—and Not in a Good Way


White House / Pete Souza

President Obama’s decision to not veto the defense authorization bill, which “would codify indefinite detention without trial into U.S. law for the first time since the McCarthy era,” is a “historic tragedy,” Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE

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