Tag Archives: NDAA

Don’t know much about a Cornucopia of Conspiracy Theories

In my play HOW TO STOP THE EMPIRE WHILE KEEPING YOUR DAY JOB, the character known as Jerry takes on the issue of the people who deride him as a conspiracy theorist–and those who use the phrase ‘conspiracy theorist’ as a pejorative term: “People call me a conspiracy theorist for saying that Obama signed the […]

the back-and-forth on the gun debate

A couple of weeks ago, I tried to line up the contradictions of the pro-gun lobby’s version of history. This was in reaction to two pro-gun guys being on WBCR Sex and Politics. Last night, we played host to another Second Amendment advocate, and I was able to bring out some of the more nuanced […]

My WBCR segment that went AWOL

So there we were Thursday night on WBCR, our second segment of 2013. And things were jumpin’. We had discussion about the Barghouti lecture at Brooklyn College about the BDS movement to sanction Israel for its continued ‘Palestinian Apartheid’. The lecture was going on as we broadcast, so getting into the station involved getting past […]

From Jenna Pope, who’s been giving us the pictures about Occupy and the growing Police State. Yesterday, protesters came to New York for a hearing about the National Defense Authorization Act, which (per the Obama administration) includes provisions for indefinite military detention without trial of Americans, including protesters and journalists. Keep focused on this. Miki […]

Obama’s drone policy expands definitions of ‘enemies’

Okay. I get why so many people pulled the lever for Obama last November. After all, we have a duopoly, and it’s either him or the other guy Willard Romney. Nobody wanted Willard to pick the next few SCOTUS members. Willard also seemed to want to double down in Afghanistan (because after all, for 2,000+ […]

NDAA Update–are citizens already being detained without charges?

Most incredibly, Obama’s attorneys refused to assure the court, when questioned, that the NDAA’s section 1021 – the provision that permits reporters and others who have not committed crimes to be detained without trial – has not been applied by the US government anywhere in the world after Judge Forrest’s injunction. In other words, they were telling a US federal judge that they could not, or would not, state whether Obama’s government had complied with the legal injunction that she had laid down before them.

Lest people think I’m a supporter of President Obama, I should point out that neither of these candidates of the duopoly should get our votes. Romney’s taxes would decline under 1% should Paul Ryan’s tax plan go through the House. But Obama has also played fast and loose with the use of drone aircraft for targeted assassinations, a practice that was roundly condemned during the Church hearings some 30 years ago. 

My story, which has been reported on relatively sane pages (the UK Guardian) involves a lawsuit against the implementation of the NDAA. In a recent court hearing, US attorneys working for the administration refused to confirm or deny that Americans had ALREADY BEEN SUBJECTED TO indefinite military detention since the act was signed last December. Here’s the quote from the article that should matter to you: