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Tag: Indefinite Detention

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Chris Hedges’ Indefinite Detention Case

In a major decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and other plaintiffs the right to challenge a law that allows the U.S. military to indefinitely detain people alleged or suspected to have helped al-Qaida or the Taliban.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE

‘Our Only Hope Will Come Through Rebellion’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discussed “recent conflicting federal court decisions on the legality of NSA spying” in a talk at the Connecticut Civil Liberties Conference at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE

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Could Attacks on Journalists Be Made War Crimes?

The global journalist defense group Reporters Without Borders wants the International Criminal Court and the United Nations to consider attacks on journalists war crimes.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE

From the Mouths of Hunger Strikers

The long list of Obama’s shames includes the retention and forced feeding of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, 84 of whom have been cleared for release, many of whom have never been charged. A short animated film produced by The Observer allows five of them to tell their story.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE

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Chris Hedges Responds to NDAA Defeat, Says It’s a ‘Black Day’ for Liberty

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has dealt a terrible blow to Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky and the other activists and journalists suing to prevent the indefinite military detention of American citizens.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE

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‘Gitmo Is Killing Me’: Detainee Gives Chilling Account of Hunger Strike

“I’ve been detained at Guantanamo for 11 years and three months,” Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel says. “I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE

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Palestinians Protest Indefinite Detention in Israel

More than 60 people have been injured in violent confrontations between Palestinians and the Israeli army in the West Bank, a Palestinian humanitarian group said. Demonstrators were calling for the release of four Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strikes.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE

Activist Heavyweights Convene Against NDAA

After a court hearing over the 2012 NDAA in Manhattan on Wednesday, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges appeared on a panel of activists who are suing the Obama administration over its attempt to claim the right to indefinitely hold U.S. citizens in military detention.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE

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Indefinite War by Design

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald asks “whether [the United States’] endless war [on terror] is the intended result of U.S. actions or just an unwanted miscalculation.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Alex Brandon

The Final Battle

Now that Congress has turned its back on the right to due process and trial by jury, the courts are the last line of defense against establishment of a gulag state.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE

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Cutting Through the Controversy About Indefinite Detention and the NDAA

The provision about holding suspects indefinitely and without charges had generated plenty of controversy, particularly about whether U.S. citizens could be detained in that manner. This year, the Senate bill says that citizens can’t be detained in the U.S. but concerns remain about the scope of detention powers.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE

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Senators Band Together to End NDAA’s Indefinite Detention Provision

“The federal government experimented with indefinite detention of United States citizens during World War II, a mistake we now recognize as a betrayal of our core values,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday as she introduced an amendment to end the provision. “Let’s not repeat it.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE

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Discipline, Not Democracy, for Afghanistan and Iraq

The U.S. government formally values the human right to be free from indefinite detention without charge, except in certain cases such as when the practice is useful for securing its own interests in Afghanistan and Iraq, writes Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 READ MORE

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NDAA Setback: Latest Court Ruling Paves Way for ‘Indefinite Detention’

An appeals court Tuesday extended a temporary stay of a judge’s order prohibiting the Obama administration’s controversial efforts to put any U.S. citizen the government deems a terrorism suspect behind bars indefinitely without being charged or tried.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest did the right thing for the second time in four months when she permanently affirmed an earlier ruling that blocked a statute giving the government detention powers that could put journalists and activists behind bars.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 READ MORE

‘The Face of Indefinite Detention’

A federal appeals court judge placed an emergency stay Monday on a lower court’s ruling against the indefinite detention provision of the National Defense Authorization Act, meaning the government has again made clear its intent to abolish trials for anyone it considers a suspect of terrorism.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Mary Altaffer

Judge Blocks Portion of NDAA

A federal judge Wednesday issued an injunction against a National Defense Authorization Act provision that grants the military the right to detain anyone it suspects of involvement in terrorism. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled in favor of a group of plaintiffs, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, who filed a lawsuit against the legislation within weeks of President Obama signing it.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE

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