matlarson10 | December 20 2012
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A federal judge blocked the government from enforcing a statute that allows the indefinite detention without trial of terrorism suspects. That means a victory for journalists and the activists fighting the law who could be arrested because their jobs sometimes require them to interact with suspect on the government’s radar, but it could be a victory short-lived. Only one day after a judge granted a permanent injunction on the NDAA provision, the White House asked for an appeal. Tangerine Bolen, the founder of Revolution Truth and a plaintiff in the case, joins RTs Liz Wahl for more.
On Wednesday, District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled the National Defense Authorization Act unconstitutional. Forrest issued a preliminary injunction which restrains the US government from administering section 1021 of the NDAA, a provision that allows for the indefinite detention for Americans with alleged terrorist ties. Carl Mayer, attorney for The Mayer Law Group representing the plaintiffs,joins us for more on the judge’s ruling.
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul took a break from his campaign to come out in opposition to the bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on New Year’s Eve that allows the indefinite detention of any terrorism suspect, including Americans arrested in the U.S.
Speaking from the floor of the U.S. House, Paul lashed out at a provision in the latest defense authorization bill that permits the government to imprison without trial anyone who has “substantially supported al Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States.” This would include U.S. citizens arrested anywhere in the world.
According to Paul, the legislation could undermine the right to due process and allow the military to act “as a kind of police force on U.S. soil, apprehending terror suspects, including Americans, and whisking them off to an undisclosed location indefinitely.”
When he approved the bill, Obama issued a signing statement claiming that his administration would not allow the military to detain Americans indefinitely. Civil libertarians from both the left and the right were, however, appalled by Obama’s “Trust me; I won’t do it” position, pointing out that even if Obama kept his promise, there is no guarantee that future presidents won’t imprison Americans and others indefinitely without trial or even without charge.
The wording of the act, although carefully phrased, is nonetheless clear, and allows the president of the United States to define “supporters” of terrorism as he sees fit and to imprison whomever he chooses.
There are about a dozen dead and twenty more missing off the coast of Italy. Video of the Costal Concordia on its side made this story irresistible to the mainstream media. It got wall-to-wall coverage, but does it really affect the everyday lives of Americans? No!! It took away time for stories that are much more important, and, no, I am not talking about the tawdry tale from Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife. This is all the stuff to keep the public busy with the things that really do not affect their lives. The internet piracy legislation in the House and Senate affect all Americans, and little is said about it in the mainstream media (MSM). Thousands of sites are protesting, and Congress is feeling the heat.
Many say this is much more than stopping internet piracy but censorship of free speech. Iran naval commanders say they have the torpedo technology to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier. The rhetoric is increasing by the day right along with the possibility of war. Congressman Ron Paul took a break from campaigning to introduce legislation to strip the NDAA law of its indefinite detention provisions. Many are against the detainment of Americans without formal charges or trial for terrorism. Why isn’t the MSM covering this important battle? All these stories and more are covered below.
Deborah Dupre | Human Rights Examiner
This week, as the nation awaits to see if President Barack Obama will sign or veto the National Authorization Defence Act 2012 (NDAA FY2012), Human Rights First and Hunter College’s Human Rights Program’s Joanne Mariner have provided analysis of the bill. They address NDAA FY2012′s sections 1021 and 1022 that have prompted human rights organizations, including Occupy Wall Street, to protest the bill enshrining indefinite detention without charge and transfer of Americans to foreign prisons forever into U.S. law, plus remove human rights from Americans, and in effect, make the president a dictator.
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