The NDAA has no parallel in American history. In fact, it is without precedent in the history of Anglo-Saxon law since the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. Perhaps the closest historical kindred to the NDAA would be Article 58 of the Soviet Criminal Code, which allowed for arrest and summary imprisonment of anyone suspected of working to undermine the Soviet state.
Journalist and activist Tangerine Bolen is one of eight plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NDAA. Although she voted for Obama, she describes herself as "terrified" by the arbitrary powers that the president and his advisers can now exercise in the name of fighting terrorism.
There is a media blackout on the lawsuit journalist Tangerine Bolen and seven other plaintiffs against Barack Obamaâ€™s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Bolen, Executive Director of STOPNDAA.org, says that th NDAA has been called the death of our republican form of government.
Gary Franchi of Next News Network, who interviewed Bolen today, reports, "It contains a provision allowing the president to order the indefinite military detention of anyone accused of offering substantial support to al-Qaeda or 'associated forces.'" The measure does not define critical terms -- for instance, groups considered "associated forces."
The way the government is spying on peace groups and the way targeted indivduals are harassed and intimidated, one can justifiably ask if these targets are
It applies to U.S. citizens, who â€” under the ambiguous and expansive terms of that measure â€” could be detained by the military, on U.S. soil, until what the measure calls the â€œend of hostilities,â€ which in the open-ended war on terror could mean forever.
According to Obama administration spokesmen, the NDAA could be used to imprison war correspondents and other journalists who cover terrorism-related issues.
The NDAA has no parallel in American history. "In fact, it is without precedent in the history of Anglo-Saxon law since the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. Perhaps the closest historical kindred to the NDAA would be Article 58 of the Soviet Criminal Code, which allowed for arrest and summary imprisonment of anyone suspected of working to undermine the Soviet state," reports Franchi.
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