Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Files Suit Challenging NDAA

By:  Joe Wolverton, II
01/30/2012
       
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Files Suit Challenging NDAA

A Pulitzer Prize-winning former Middle Eastern correspondent for the New York Times is suing President Obama for his signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Chris Hedges served as a journalist at the Old Gray Lady for 15 years, covering such proto-global terror organizations as the PLO and PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), as well as more contemporary bugaboos, al-Qaeda and the Taliban. It was his unique résumé that attracted attorneys to Hedges, and they convinced him to sign on as the plaintiff in a case they were planning in which they would directly challenge the constitutionality of the NDAA.
 
 

A Pulitzer Prize-winning former Middle Eastern correspondent for the New York Times is suing President Obama for his signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Chris Hedges (photo) served as a journalist at the Old Gray Lady for 15 years, covering such proto-global terror organizations as the PLO and PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), as well as more contemporary bugaboos, al-Qaeda and the Taliban. It was his unique résumé that attracted attorneys to Hedges, and they convinced him to sign on as the plaintiff in a case they were planning in which they would directly challenge the constitutionality of the NDAA.
 
Before providing a summary of the Hedges complaint, a brief rehearsal of the noxious, constitutionally offensive National Defense Authorization Act is in order.
 
On December 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed a law granting himself absolute power to indefinitely detain American citizens suspected (by him) of being "belligerents."
 
With the President's signing of the NDAA, the writ of habeas corpus — a civil right so fundamental to Anglo-American common law history that it predates the Magna Carta — is voidable upon the command of the President of the United States. The Sixth Amendment right to counsel is also revocable at his will.

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Photo: Chris Hedges

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