February 7, 2013
Sierra Adamson interviews Chris Hedges at the hearing for the second court of appeals in the Hedges v Obama NDAA lawsuit. Hedges explains what has happened in the lawsuit to date, the next steps and what he sees in America’s upcoming future.
The Southern District Court of New York Federal Judge, Katherine Forrest issued a ruling in September that Section 10-21 of the National Defense Authorization Act was unconstitutional and invalidated the law and issued and injunction. The Obama administration did not skip a beat and asked her to keep the law in force until an appeal in the next circuit could be heard. When she refused they immediately went to the second circuit court and ordered them to issue an emergency stay to put the law back into effect. He opines that the aggressiveness with which they’re pursuing this, means they are already acting within the sanction of this law to detain dual citizens in custody in Pakistan and elsewhere.
He says, “If you look at all the major structural issues, there is complete continuity, from the Bush Administration to the Obama Administration and that is because these individual figures have very little power.”
“I forgive Obama less because he’s a Constitutional Lawyer; he understands what he’s doing. He’s not a moron, he’s conscious in a way that I think George Bush was checked-out in a lot of this stuff and that makes him, for me a deeply cynical figure.”
Learn more about the NDAA: http://www.stopndaa.org