Plaintiffs and supporters in the Hedges v. Obama lawsuit challenging the controversial indefinite detention provision set forth in § 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Earlier in the day, February 6, 2013, was argument before the 2nd Circuit in which the US appealed the historic ruling by Judge Katherine Forrest in favor of the plaintiffs.
“Let me start with this, well, what has happened is that we have undergone a corporate coup d’état and it’s over, they won. The major structural assaults carried out by the the Bush administration have been embraced by the Obama administration, all of them whether it is the expansion of imperial war, drone attacks, looting of the U.S. Treasury by Wall Street, and most importantly, the assault on civil liberties. The assault on civil liberties under the Obama administration is worse than under the Bush administration:
The radical interpretation of the AUMF to authorize the assassination of U.S. citizens.
The FISA Amendments Act which retroactively makes legal what under our Constitution has traditionally been illegal: the warrantless wiretapping, monitoring, and eavesdropping of American citizens, and we know that all our personal information is stored out in supercomputers in Utah.
The use of the Espionage act to shut down whistleblowers, I have friends who do investigative journalism and they will tell you they can’t even get a government official to talk to them anymore on background for fear of going to jail, anything that challenges the official narrative. Anyone within the system of power with a conscience who rises up to expose war crimes committed by our government will no longer speak.
Finally, the NDAA.
You have to ask yourself why. Why is there a steady assault, a stripping away of our most cherished civil liberties? What’s happening? What’s happening is that the corporate state which is, to use a business term, harvesting the nation and stealing as much as fast as they can on the way down, knows the combination of economic decline and climate change. They’re running scenarios, I can assure you, in the NSA and everywhere else. They know that eventually, there will be blowback. Eventually, people will respond and they want the powers to, in essence, criminalize any form of dissent.”
- Chris Hedges, 34:45