Obama & Leon Panetta are suing to remove the federal court ban on indefinite detention of Americans in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Despite a mainstream media blackout on the topic, the alternative media is abuzz with this week’s hearing on the constitutionality of the clearly unconstitutional NDAA. In case you don’t remember, section 1021 of the NDAA, which Obama signed into law on December 31 of last year, allows the government to lock up U.S. citizens indefinitely without a trial. At the time of signing, Obama penned a pathetic letter to many of his outraged supporters where he basically said he signed it but he won’t use it. Thanks pal!
In any event, the Administration is showing its true colors by appealing an injunction that judge Katherine Forrest issued against it in May. The injunction was in response to the lawsuit filed by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges and others. While the NDAA clearly vaporizes the 5th and 6th Amendments of the Constitution, I believe the real target is the 1st Amendment. By having a law on the books that allows the government to arbitrarily lock anyone up and throw away the key, the government is actually trying to instill enough fear in people that they self-censor speech and become too afraid to criticize the criminal elite political and economic oligarchy.
I wonder how many who voted for Obama could have guessed that he would, within his first term, end up using his lawyers to sue for the power to detain US citizens indefinitely without charge or trial?
Anyway, it appears the government is are already doing it, even though Obama also “promised” to never actually use the power he demanded he have:
Obama’s attorneys refused to assure the court, when questioned, that the NDAA’s section 1021 – the provision that permits reporters and others who have not committed crimes to be detained without trial – has not been applied by the US government anywhere in the world after Judge Forrest’s injunction.
Read more from the lead plaintiff of the case in this Guardian article:
What makes our NDAA lawsuit a struggle to save the US constitution
And here’s RT’s article on the topic: Obama fights ban on indefinite detention of Americans
Reality Check segment: