Journalists suing Obama over laws violating freedom are winning so far

I haven’t really followed the Obama administration, and US politics’ general descent into madness over the past couple of years. (While it is in some sense vaguely reassuring that the Republicans can’t seem to find anyone who isn’t palpably batshit insane to run for President, it is also extraordinarily disturbing. In any case, why wallow in it?)

But for me Obama’s failure to repeal the insane civil liberties destroying laws that were thrust through under the hysterical guise of the war on terror demonstrated he was not the leader needed or hoped for. Instead, as we have noted previously, the situation has actively gotten worse under Obama.

Anyhow. This just came on my radar; haven’t heard it elsewhere yet. A group of journalists, including Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges, have sued the US government and so far they are winning. This from Hedges’ column about it, the whole of which is well worth reading:

In January I sued President Barack Obama over Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorized the military to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely, strip them of due process and hold them in military facilities, including offshore penal colonies. Last week, round one in the battle to strike down the onerous provision, one that saw me joined by six other plaintiffs including Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg, ended in an unqualified victory for the public. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, who accepted every one of our challenges to the law, made her temporary injunction of the section permanent. In short, she declared the law unconstitutional.

The link in that quote is to the 112 page judgement, one of the very few judicial rulings to strike down a law of Congress, and even more rarely over such subject matter.

This will of course be an ongoing legal battle. The government is already appealling the decision. Tracking it will be interesting.


The government has now lost four times in a litigation that has gone on almost nine months. It lost the preliminary injunction in May. It lost a motion for reconsideration shortly thereafter. It lost the permanent injunction. It lost its request last week for a stay. We won’t stop fighting this, but it is deeply disturbing that the Obama administration, rather than protecting our civil liberties and democracy, insists on further eroding them by expanding the power of the military to seize U.S. citizens and control our streets.

And I’ve got to say Hedges continues to impress the hell out of me. (We posted about him back here.) All power to those willing to scream defiance in the face of the beast,

Anyhow. This feels important, and something that should be better known.


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