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President Obama sued over NDAA

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posted on Jan, 16 2012 @ 12:46 PM
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The first (to my knowledge) lawsuit over the NDAA has been filed in the Southern U.S. District Court in New York City on Friday by a man named Chris Hedges. Hedges is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist with the New York Times and has traveled extensively in the middle east covering the Israeli Palestinian conflict. He's convinced that if this law was in place in the 80s when he traveled with and reported on Hamas and The Islamic Jihad, he could have been deemed a terrorist under the 2011 NDAA for aiding and abetting terrorist groups.

Hedges also goes on to show how various other people, to include people who give charitable contributions to organizations that are deemed to support terrorist groups (as defined by the US government), could be arrested and detained even though they didn't know about the charities ties to the groups.

This law has so many generalizations and such unlimited power built into it, that the government can essentially claim anyone is a terrorist and not have to prove it in a court of law.

"Attorneys Carl J. Mayer and Bruce I. Afran filed a complaint Friday in the Southern U.S. District Court in New York City on my behalf as a plaintiff against Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to challenge the legality of the Authorization for Use of Military Force as embedded in the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act, signed by the president Dec. 31."

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posted on Jan, 16 2012 @ 12:53 PM
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What?! Terrorists can't sue in the U.S. legal system! Arrest him!
But seriously, this man has a good point so it'll never be publicized or dealt with in any serious manner



posted on Jan, 16 2012 @ 01:01 PM
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"This law has so many generalizations and such unlimited power built into it, that the government can essentially claim anyone is a terrorist and not have to prove it in a court of law."

Wasn't that the intention?



posted on Jan, 16 2012 @ 04:58 PM
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RT has picked up the story:

Obama Sued Over Indefinite Detention And Torture Of Americans Act
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In the past, 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 that will help him take on the president.
US President Barack Obama is the target of a suit filed by Pulitzer Prize-winner Hedges, and the reasoning seems more than obvious to him. The decision to take the commander-in-chief to court comes as a response to President Obama’s December 31 signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, a legislation that allows the US military to detain American citizens indefinitely at off-site torture prisons like Guantanamo Bay.


Obama amended the NDAA with a signing statement on New Year's Eve, insisting that while the Act does indeed give him the power to detain his own citizens indefinitely without charge, that doesn’t mean he will do so. 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.

“Once again, you just have to be accused of supporting hostilities 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 earlier this month of the Act.
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*H.R.3166: Enemy Expatriation Act: Bad mouth the US gov, lose your citizenship!
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edit on 1/16/2012 by this_is_who_we_are because: link



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