One of the biggest news stories in modern history continues to be ignored by the mainstream media. I talk of course of the The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2012, and a very controversial clause, section 1021, that allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial. Earlier this year a group of concerned citizens, including journalist Christopher Hedges, activist and author Naomi Wolf and Noam Chomsky, filed a lawsuit against President Obama (see my post about it here). As a result, Katherine Forrest, a New York District judge, ruled in May that section 1021 was unlawful, adding that it could have a “chilling impact on First Amendment rights”. But, the Obama administration appealed against the ruling, meaning that while the appeal went through the law about indefinite detention still stood. When President Obama passed the NDAA 2012 into law last New Year’s Eve many awake Americans shrugged it off, saying that section 1021 was unconstitutional, and it would be overturned as soon as someone challenged it in court. But, last week the Obama administration appeal was heard and a federal judge, Raymond Lohier, gave Obama & Co the all clear to keep enforcing their indefinite detention policy (see here). Here’s an interview with Chris Hedges, given shortly before Judge Lohier allowed America to continue as a police state…
The ruling by Judge Lohier only lasts until 28th September, which is the end of this week. Then, a three-judge panel will hear the case and make a decision on whether or not Obama & Co can continue to detain American citizens indefinitely without trial. Whatever way the judges rule, the case is sure to end-up in the Supreme Court, because the losing side will contest the ruling.
Maybe when it does reach the Supreme Court (which shouldn’t take long, possibly even at the end of this month) the mainstream media might start reporting it; but don’t hold your breath.
(you can find a more detailed explanation of the NDAA lawsuit in my post here)