The 2013 NDAA & Obama’s Expansion of Indefinite Military Detention Powers

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 10:35 am

The administration of President Barack Obama has gone much farther in defending and expanding indefinite detention powers than the administrations of President George W. Bush ever attempted. With the Feinstein Amendment in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), such powers are set to be further expanded, according to Bruce Afran, a lawyer who has helped a group of individuals bring a lawsuit against a provision of the 2012 NDAA that granted the United States military the authority to indefinitely detain US citizens without charge or trial.

 

The Liberal Myth That Morbid Wealth Is Just Fine

By: Thursday October 18, 2012 5:00 pm

How can we protect ourselves from Oligarchy when every institution has been perverted to serve only their interests?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Chris Hedges, Days of Destruction Days of Revolt

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 1:59 pm

Let’s just be very clear right up front, Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco may have both collected their share of mainstream awards, like Pulitzers, American Book Awards, and the like, but with this book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, they remove any doubt about whether they are “celebrity couriers,” as they derisively term a lot of what is left of the mainstream, main street journalists out there today slapping whitewash on poverty and helping spin the machinery that manufactures rose-colored glasses. They have traveled through some of the hellholes on the dark side of the American economic reality and they are angry about the whole damn thing, fired up, fed up, and desperately looking hard for a fight. This book needs to be read, and it needs to sell very well because these guys are pretty much unemployable now. Trust me, I know this!

Permanent Injunction Against Indefinite Military Detention in NDAA Issued by Federal Judge

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 8:55 am

A federal judge issued a ruling on September 12 that permanently enjoined a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was signed by President Barack Obama codifying indefinite military detention into United State law last year. She found that the writers, journalists and activists who were plaintiffs in the lawsuit had demonstrated actual and reasonably that their First Amendment-protected activities could subject them to indefinite military detention and ruled the public had a greater interest in preserving the First Amendment and due process rights than allowing law enforcement to have this tool.

Keeper of the Mountains Larry Gibson, Known Anti-Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Activist, Dies

By: Monday September 10, 2012 2:15 pm

Well-known to anyone in the movement to end mountaintop removal—the destructive practice of blowing up mountains to get to coal, Keeper of the Mountains Larry Gibson had a heart attack and died yesterday at the age of sixty-five.

Government Heightens Fears of Those Pushing NDAA Lawsuit

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 2:57 pm

Plaintiffs who won a preliminary injunction in May against a provision of the Homeland Battlefield Act or the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are pushing for a permanent injunction to this provision of the NDAA. Citing recent statements made by the United States government that it made in a filed brief to a federal court, plaintiffs now have a heightened fear that that the provision—specifically known as Section 1021, which Judge Katherine B. Forrest temporarily enjoined—could potentially be used against them for engaging in First Amendment activities.

How Does a ‘Common Citizen’ Know If They Can Be Target of NDAA?

By: Friday March 30, 2012 1:21 pm

At the start of the first hearing on a lawsuit challenging the Homeland Battlefield Act, a federal judge appeared to be “extremely skeptical” that those pursuing the challenge had grounds to sue the US government. However, by the end of the hearing, the judge acknowledged plaintiffs had made some strong arguments on why there was reason to be concerned about the Act, which passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on New Year’s Eve last year.

“Bugsplat” in Waziristan

By: Tuesday July 19, 2011 5:20 pm

According to the UK legal charity Reprieve, “the first large array of photographs depicting the devastating impact of US unmanned aircraft (‘drone’) attacks on innocent civilians in Pakistan” goes on display today at at Beaconsfield Art Gallery, 22 Newport Street, London. The show, which displays the work of Noor Behram, a 39 year old photographer from the North Waziristan Agency (NWA), runs until August 5. Reportedly, photos from 28 of 60 drone attack sites visited by Behram can be viewed at the London gallery.

Daniel Ellsberg at White House and Quantico This Weekend for Bradley Manning

By: Saturday March 19, 2011 7:35 am

I’m on chauffeur duty again this weekend, driving Dan Ellsberg to the White House for a rally today at 12 noon. Tomorrow we’ll be at Quantico for the demonstration, and FDL will be live streaming the event.
I’ll be live tweeting the events. You can follow me here.

Children Daily Pay the Price

By: Sunday August 8, 2010 6:00 pm

In Gaza and the West Bank, as in Afghanistan, the daily toll on children of American policies is devastating.

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