Winner 2013 Webby Awards for Best Political Website
Top Banner, Site wide
Apr 16, 2014

 Choose a size
Text Size

Top Leaderboard, Site wide

Paul Robeson: A Life

Truthdig Bazaar
In Reckless Hands

In Reckless Hands

By Victoria Nourse

more items

A/V Booth

Chris Hedges on the NDAA Injunction

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on May 18, 2012
"Democracy Now!"

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. —ARK

“Democracy Now!:”


Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

vector56's avatar

By vector56, May 20, 2012 at 5:55 am Link to this comment

“Since this law was created in the Wilson era to threaten pro-German sentiment. It has rarely been used. “


What if there were a law on the books that has never been used to-date that would allow for guys who call themselves “jimmmmmy” to be the target of extra judicial assassination?

Report this

By jimmmmmy, May 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment

Hedges is in danger of becoming Emma Goldman. a marvelous human being who struggled greatly and accomplished little a few small victories and long series of persecution and prosecution, with beatings and jail time included. Land of the free, my arse!

Report this

By Gavagai, May 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment

Gratitude to other commenters for adding detail and context to the picture here.

Report this

By seeuingoa, May 19, 2012 at 1:58 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Bravo Chris Hedges.

How can you even think about voting for
a president who signed the NDAA?

Vote third party/alternative/green

but not dems and reps who have totally let us down.

Better to vote for a loser than against your principles.

Report this
Night-Gaunt's avatar

By Night-Gaunt, May 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment

We know that if they can’t get it through this way then they will try another way. And I wonder if they are going to make sure they get a judge that agrees with them or go to the US Supreme Court. But the problem is that there is so much secrecy and the fact is it unConstitutional.

Report this

By jimmmmmy, May 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment

Since this law was created in the Wilson era to threaten pro-German sentiment. It has rarely been used. Charges are usually vacated after some time and the people released Debs, or never charged Ellsberg/Chomsky/Zinn . Just harrassed threatened and periodically detained, for short periods. Under this POTUS , also a Democrat, its become real crime with many in prison or rendered , awaiting show trials ala Manning.

Report this

By gerard, May 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment

A bit more: On the Alien and Sedition Act passed early in the nation’s history to try to prevent citizens from sympathizing with the French claims on early territories. “Democratic-Republicans denounced them as being both unconstitutional and designed to stifle criticism of the administration, and as infringing on the right of the states to act in these areas, though they did use them after the 1800 election against Federalists. They became a major political issue in the elections of 1798 and 1800. They were very controversial in their own day, as they remain to the present day.” (according to Wikipedia) Rumor has it that Obama et al are trying to figure out some way to extradite Julian Assange based on this disreputed Act.

Report this

By gerard, May 18, 2012 at 10:48 am Link to this comment

Note:  In this Democracy Now presentation, Hedges was asked in passing about further legal possibility and just mentioned something about “... the Sedition laws” without time to explain.  He was referring, I think, to the importance of guarding against misuse of laws which the government tried to use to punish Daniel Elsberg and are being hauled out now to try to use against Manning and Assange.  Elsberg won his case because the Sedition Laws are faulty, so we need to be on guard about the government trying to use them again in coming cases.

Report this

sign up to get updates

Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.