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Posted on Mar 14, 2012
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In this interview with RT America, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges gives a status update on his lawsuit against President Obama for signing the National Defense Authorization Act, which for Hedges represents “a decimation of the most basic civil liberties that Americans have taken for granted.” Watch the clip below to hear where the process stands and why, as he succinctly and correctly puts it, the NDAA is “quite a frightening piece of legislation.”  —KA

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By bionicmisfit, April 5, 2012 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

Damn it, damn it, DAMN IT….wish I’d known about this
in time so I could have signed on as co-plaintiff.

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By Peter Knopfler, March 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment

TOOK ON THE BIG WAVE HANG TEN HANG IN THERE TAKE IT TO
THE SHORE:

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By heterochromatic, March 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment

what’s in YOUR lunchbox?


http://www.crowbusters.com/recipes.htm

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By heterochromatic, March 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment

oh, the racist racism how can the we stand idly by while this foul flea-bitten
bird from hell pollutes our delicate ears with her depravity and hate….


let’s not merely censor her necrotic sack of lard, but let’s pitch her back ointo
the Pit and back to the proximity of her foul Lord….

oh, let her no longer tarnish our purity with poisonous drippings from her poxy
beak.


she must be banished ....and consigned to the flames for all eternity.

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By moonraven, March 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment

The former poster Hettie is
IGNORED.

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By heterochromatic, March 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment

and I stand by my assertion that you’re a racist hag with a raisin heart.

we are all indigenous people on this planet, thou bloated baggage….despite
whatever ravings the mad drbewacky’s neighbor’s dog tells him about space
invading Nazis

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By moonraven, March 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

I stand by my comment that only indigenous folks care about the planet, as we are the only group to have maintained a harmonious relationship with it for thousands of years.

We do not wage war against it, as we are part of it.

You plastic progressive whites give lip service to doing something about global warming—but your cheap talk is just more hot air and CO2 added to the problem.

Meanwhile, in South Dakota we usual suspects and perennial targets for genocide are taking action:

Native Americans threaten to confiscate Keystone Pipeline trucks http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20120311231215280

In the process of saving our bacon, so to speak, and saving the planet of which we are an integral aprt, we are generous enough STILL to save yours as well.

For now.

Or “Por ahora”, in the words of El Comandante Chávez in 1992.  Twenty years later, it’s a whole new ballgame.

While we are playing it, you whites are sucking your….thumbs.

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By heterochromatic, March 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

EZ & Troy’s excellent fucking adventure…...... gumming soon

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By EmileZ, March 16, 2012 at 11:09 am Link to this comment

@ Troy Davis

Hang in there buddy, we may have a great future together.

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By EmileZ, March 16, 2012 at 11:03 am Link to this comment

@ Troy Davis

I don’t know how to say this, but I was truly delighted, as delighted as I have ever been by a response. Pure poetry, all that stuff about the priest and such.

Don’t think that lets you off the hook buddy, but I must say… I treasure your fucking pretentious response.

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By Troy Davis, March 16, 2012 at 10:27 am Link to this comment

@Emile

There is an old joke. It goes something like this.

A parishoner is having with his son. He can’t stop using the “F” word. They go to the priest and ask the priest to talk with their son.

The conversation goes something like this:

Priest:  “Emile, I understand that you are using very inappropriate language. The “F” word in particular. Is this true?”

Emile: “Fuck you, Father.”

Priesst: “Now, Emile, that was very rude of you. You do not need to use the “F” word to express your anger or displeasure. It is very inappropriate of you to use the “F” word. Do you understand?

Emile: “Fuck you, Father.”

Priest: “F” me, Emile?  “F” ME?  I am a priest, emile.  A man of god. I have devoted my whole life in service to GOD, Emile.  And all you can say to me in response to my questions of you is “F” you, Father?

“F” me, Emile? “F” me? Well, FUCK YOU, Emile.

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By EmileZ, March 16, 2012 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

@ Troy Davis

Get another fucking name dude.

You are weak… you do not deserve the name with which you comment.

Shame on you.

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By EmileZ, March 16, 2012 at 10:11 am Link to this comment

@ Troy Davis

You are a white person.

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By Troy Davis, March 16, 2012 at 10:08 am Link to this comment

I think it is fairly obvious that most Americans, that great unwashed majority, anyway, do not want empire, an emperor or to live in a fascist state run by multinational corporations with a military police state in place to maintain the power of the global wealthy elite.

However, it is obvious that IF, America is to live under such an oppressive regime, it MUST, absolutely MUST be a WHITE male in the office of emperor/president!

The singular thing that cannot be tolerated is a BLACK man in our WHITE house!

Racism is a pernicious evil. And, so is FASCISM!

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By Alan MacDonald, March 16, 2012 at 7:55 am Link to this comment

Important new Follow-up 3/15/12 to NDAA and Obama’s slip-up and exposure in the territory of Yemen, where he doesn’t enjoy NDAA ‘disappearing’ powers.

Obama and his professional liar (Jake Carney) exposed for causing journalist Shaye being imprisoned in Yemen!!!!

Yesterday, in the White House press briefing a question by Jake Tapper to Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, publicly exposed both Carney and Obama as being liars in this matter of Obama using the power of his position as the faux-Emperor/President of US headquartered global Empire to pressure Yemen (territorial faux-President Saleh) to imprison and “disappear” Yemen journalist Shaye.

Watch this video of that White House press briefing at the 23:40 mark to see the global Empire’s professional liar, cover-up for this disguised Global Empire’s (FEOC) faux-Emperor in Chief, Obama.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6msL-Ku1tY

another copy of the incriminating video:

http://www.vidjin.com/31512-white-house-press-briefing.html

[And there are plenty more copies of this proof that Carney and Emperor Obama are lying through their teeth for the global Empire that they shill for]

Obama is fully exposed as the disguised and soft-fascist lying faux-Emperor of this equally disguised corporate/financial/militarist and media EMPIRE, which has captured and fully “Occupies” our former country, by hiding behind the facade of its modernized two-party “Vichy” sham of faux-democratic and totally illegitimate government—- just as surely as the Nazi Empire earlier tried to disguise itself with the crude single-party facade of the “Vichy” regime in France c. 1940.

Obama is trying to use the POWER of this Global Empire to suppress any journalistic truth about the murderous power of this disguised Empire in the territories where the Empire is murdering people and using foreign presidential stooges in those territories to cover-up and bury any information about the global Empire’s methods of murder and looting.

Ironically, it must be annoying for Obama, as nominal figure-head for this all powerful Global Empire to have to employ such easily exposable secrets in the territories, when he has the power domestically in the fatherland of the global Empire (our former country) to bury such truths (and bury the journalists who dare expose such lies) with the air-tight powers of his NDAA weapons of secret detention right here in the US ‘homeland’ of the Empire.

Best luck and love to the “Occupy THIS Empire” educational and revolutionary movement.

Liberty, democracy, justice, and equality
Over
Violent/Vichy
Empire,

Alan MacDonald
Sanford, Maine

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By bluejeanne, March 16, 2012 at 7:35 am Link to this comment
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It is incomprehensible how the seemingly intelligent Obama has sold his soul to the devil. All that was dear to the founders of our Nation is at stake.


The courageous efforts of Chris Hedges to sue the President are greatly appreciated.  Power to the People !

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By EmileZ, March 16, 2012 at 2:36 am Link to this comment

I’m not that in to Katherine Hepburn either.

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By Maani, March 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment

jimmmy:

From ACT I: “Hedges’s efforts may seem admirable, but merely constitute ‘fiddling while Rome burns’ — about the only music one hears played these days.  Experts such as James Lovelock predict that ‘global warming’ will destroy most of the world’s human population before the end of the century (to say nothing of wiping out many species), yet who cares?”

Moonraven was responding to that, I was responding to both.

Pay attention…LOL.

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By jimmmmmy, March 15, 2012 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment

MAANI, MOOONRAVEN? What are you guys on about? Mr Hedges is making a tactical move suing O’bama. 1:He’s trying to rally the 99%ers and 2: point out Mr. O’bama does not share their interests. and 3: as an optimist and soft pacifist.[not willing to be beaten to death in the streets by the para-militarys as ghandi was willing to do] he’s exhausting all options. I don’t recall any climate change remarks in his talk?

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By heterochromatic, March 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

only the people indigenous to planet earth really care.


racist to the core…....


a head full of us/them and a heart as big and full as
a raisin…...

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By Maani, March 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment

moonraven:

As I’m sure you know, the problem with climate change is the old “frog in the pot” scenario.  If you boil water and put a frog in the pot, he will jump out.  However, if you put a frog in a pot of lukewarm water and heat it up slowly, he will boil to death.

We are frogs in the second pot: because climate change is incremental, most people will simply sit and boil to death.  If all of the effects of climate change - even thus far - had occurred in one fell swoop (literally overnight, or almost so), more people would have a much different attitude toward it.

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By moonraven, March 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment

Act I:

I agree.

Denying the reality of the big rock rolling
down the hill towards you
while you hit a smaller rock with a hammer
and wait for applause
is not meritorious.

Why are only we indigenous folks really hot under the collar about global warming?

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By Clash, March 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment

Ya’ all just keep dancing to the music, and when they tell you the shower is for your own good you will walk in with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Bhagat Singh
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/bhagat-singh.html

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By Maani, March 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm Link to this comment

Re DDE, it is true he wanted add “Congress” to his MIC.  But then, at this point we can also add the MSM.

Re HR347, I must (weirdly…LOL) agree with hetero here: there is nothing in the bill which is unconstitutional, as it merely “codifies” statutes that have been in place for years.

However, now that NDAA has passed, watch for the re-emergence of the VRHTA (Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Act), which passed the House in 2007, but was tabled in the Senate in 2008 due to the economic meltdown.  If the Senate passes it, and Obama signs it, it would (and I am not kidding here) make it potentially “treasonous” to publicly read aloud the second paragraph of the DOI - the one that talks about government becoming “destructive” and the right of the people to “abolish” it.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, March 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment
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Our pathetic leaders today don’t realize that the founders also lived in dangerous times but they valued freedom and liberty over safety and security.  They never said that the Bill of Rights should not stand in times like these.  This lawsuit will determine whether we have a constitutional democracy or something like a Potemkin one.

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By jimmmmmy, March 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment

every time chris speaks i feel more respect for him.

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By Textynn, March 15, 2012 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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Thanks to Chris Hedges.  Thank you for your work and your bravery of taking on this terrible system that is being thrust upon us.  Chris Hedges / American hero.

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By Alan MacDonald, March 15, 2012 at 11:03 am Link to this comment

Hedges’ criticism of NDAA ties in exactly (and causally) with Jeremy Scahill’s recent article, “Why Is President Obama Keeping a Journalist in Prison in Yemen?”

Scahill’s article notes:

“A month later, in late October, he (the journalist, named Abdulelah Haider Shaye) was locked in a cage in Yemen’s
state security court, which was established by president Saleh’s decree and has been roundly denounced as illegal and unfair, as a judge read out a
list of charges against him.”

Obviously, President Saleh would have been able to ‘take care of’
this pesky journalist much easier, quickly, quietly, and with an
untraceable final solution if Saleh merely had the same NDAA secret
detention powers as Obama has (and Hitler had with the Nazi Empire’s
‘Enabling Acts’).

Saleh, and most tin-horn dictators and oppressors of the people in
the Middle East, and throughout the ‘less developed world’, would be
much more efficient, discrete, and deadly effective in carrying out
their powers over their pissant countries if they had Obama’s NDAA
totally secret and extra-judicial powers (which obviate any pesky
Constitutional rights), and if they could simply ‘disappear’ troublesome
truth-telling journalists or protestors in their own countries—- as
Obama can here in the heart of the disguised global
corporate/financial/militarist (and media) EMPIRE which has captured and
now fully “Occupies” our former country.

Yes, Jeremy; Saleh in Yemen, Mubarak in Egypt, Gaddafi in Libya, Assad
in Syria, and even old dictators like Pinochet in Chile would have all
had a much easier time and personally safer life after office for
themselves, if they just had the marvelous powers that Obama has under
the NDAA secret detention legally protected illegalities.

After all, Hitler (under the 1933 ‘Enabling Acts’) had such marvelous
powers as Obama, but the obviousness of the Nazi Empire as an ‘empire’
wound-up screwing Hitler in the end. Whereas, Obama is not dressing up
in military costumes like Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Bush II, and
Obama has been “berry berry” careful to successfully hide the fact that he
is the figure-head of any ‘Empire’ (which all the others were pridefully
guilty of).

In fact, Obama is the best secret agent (008) of a disguised global
Empire who ever existed, and when it comes to smoothly covering-up and
hiding the Empire that he fronts-for as just a normal democratic country
—- “Nobody Does It Better.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Obama certainly proves the old point that “you can trap more flies (or peons) with honey than with vinegar”!

Best luck and love to the “Occupy THIS Empire” educational and revolutionary movement.

Liberty, democracy, justice, and equality
Over
Violent/Vichy
Empire,

Alan MacDonald
Sanford, Maine

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By ACT I, March 15, 2012 at 10:10 am Link to this comment
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Hedges’s efforts may seem admirable, but merely constitute “fiddling while Rome burns”—about the only music one hears played these days.  Experts such as James Lovelock predict that “global warming” will destroy most of the world’s human population before the end of the century (to say nothing of wiping out many species), yet who cares?  Hedges’s efforts have about as much value as watching college basketball games—but at least the latter have some entertainment value.

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By allen, March 15, 2012 at 9:34 am Link to this comment
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ohiolibgal writes:

“The words of President Eisenhower, in his farewell address from the presidency in January 1961, were unfortunately so prescient. He sternly warned against ever letting the military industrial complex gain “undue influence”.

If I am not mistaken—always a possibility, I concede—the original draft of Eisenhower’s farewell speech included Congress in the complex of institutions that concerned him.  Thus the Congressional-Miitary-Industrial Complex.

The President was persuaded by an aide to strike the “Congressional” element from his speech.

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By heterochromatic, March 15, 2012 at 6:42 am Link to this comment

Elko——-  exactly what in this law is so terrible?

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h347/text


just what about entering restricted areas and engaging in disorderly conduct is
Constitutionally protected behavior?

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By ElkoJohn, March 15, 2012 at 6:02 am Link to this comment

And now we have H.R. 347, or the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011” which was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate, while only Congressman Ron Paul and two other Republicans voted against the bill in the House of Representatives (the bill passed 388-3). Not a single Democratic politician voted against the bill.

The virtually unanimous passage of H.R. 347 starkly exposes the fact that, despite all the posturing, the Democrats and the Republicans stand shoulder to shoulder in total disregard of our US Constitution.

For example, a person who holds up a protest sign or boos a political candidate during a political fundraiser could be subject to arrest and a year of imprisonment under Section 1752(a)(2) which makes it a felony to ‘‘engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted area.’‘

Now say goodbye to the 1st Amendment too.

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By balkas, March 15, 2012 at 6:01 am Link to this comment

eisenhower shld have warned americans about american ideology
on which US system of rule [allowing also existence of the IMC] is
founded.
he shld have warned anericans about intention of US one percent
and its helpers: most teachers, clergy, politicians, army echelons,
judges, media people, ‘scientists’, banksters, ‘experts’, tinktankers.
i think or hope that OWS is doing this now. it’s blaming the 1%.
if that is indeed so, then OWS considers innocent the 10-20% who
are serving selves and the 1%.
and i’d agree with that. thanks

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By bob zimway, March 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm Link to this comment

Hedges was remarkably articulate, and the bill is so fundamentally, instinctively,
wrong. Putting it crudely, who the hell is Obama working for? New Year’s Eve
indeed, for the deed of a frightened, possibly controlled, tyrant, not Mister Hope.

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By ohiolibgal, March 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment

The words of President Eisenhower, in his farewell address from the presidency in January 1961, were unfortunately so prescient. He sternly warned against ever letting the military industrial complex gain “undue influence”. Ike of course was a republican though way left of maybe half the democrats today on most issues.

That cat has been out of the bag for some time now…and the cost in money, lives, and individual liberties has been severe.

We are at quite the junction now. We need millions to figure things out, to know that it’s not a random few welfare queens bankrupting us…..and to realize a few more truths that they can’t seem to grasp yet.

I heard a caller to Stephie Miller’s show today lambast Obama for running up the deficit, he just couldn’t get it when she and Hal Sparks informed him that it was Obama putting the cost of Dubya’s wars on the books after Dubya didn’t with some accounting tomfoolery.

Of course Obama isn’t governing remotely like a pacifist either, hence Hedge’s legal action.

I hope for a better future for our children but it will be a struggle to wrest power away from the corporations and the war/empire machine.

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By heterochromatic, March 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment

Troy——- don’t be such a chickenshit…..

nothing’s over until he say it’s over!!!!

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By Troy Davis, March 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm Link to this comment

Folks, grow up! It’s over! The NDAA is just another nail in the coffin of democracy. The corporations have won.

The only think worse than living in fear is relying upon false hope.

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By Tim Caffery, March 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm Link to this comment
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I actually heard a lecture given by Chalmers Johnson, no longer with us, in which he
describes that time (2006) in exactly the same way journalists and experts describe the
NDAA. The thing is I can’t figure out if Chalmers was just crazy or the journalists and
experts are over reacting to something that actually didn’t do anything new? No
conspiracy theory, just cautious about sensationalizing an event as something it isn’t. I am
sure intents are pure but this seems more political than social and Political maneuvers will
never accomplish anything genuinely positive for humanity, only temporarily shifts in
power from one group to another at best. But I know Chris is sincerely fighting as best he
can, but the Founding Fathers fought their best and won only to end up with this mess.
Gandhi, baby, Gandhi.

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By heterochromatic, March 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm Link to this comment

Q).

whadda call a couple a thousand lawyers helping Hedges
pro bono?

A).

a good start.

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By PatrickHenry, March 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment

I hope a couple thousand trial lawyers help you….pro bono.

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By heterochromatic, March 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment

and we promise not to believe it if we’re told that you
spontaneously combusted.

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By gerard, March 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment

Thank you for doing this for us, Chris! Somebody had to do it.

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