We are Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, other plaintiffs, lawyers, and activists involved in the lawsuit against NDAA/indefinite detention. Ask us anything.
Ways to help out:
1) The Senate will vote on an amendment to end indefinite detention later this fall. Click here to urge your senators to support that amendment and tell Obama to stop fighting our efforts in court: https://www.stopndaa.org/takeAction
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We are lawyers, plaintiffs, and civil liberties advocates involved in the Hedges v. Obama lawsuit and other activism to fight the NDAA - specifically the "indefinite detention" provision.
Indefinite detention was passed as part of the fiscal 2012 National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by President Obama on New Years Eve last Decemb. It would allow the military to detain civilians -- even Americans -- indefinitely and without charge or trial.
The provision being fought (Section 1021 of the NDAA) suspends due process and seriously threatens First Amendment rights. Judge Katherine Forrest ruled entirely in favor of the plaintiffs earlier this month, calling Section 1021 completely unconstitutional and granting a permanent injunction against its enforcement.
The Obama DOJ has vigorously opposed these efforts, and immediately appealed her ruling and requested an emergency stay on the injunction - claiming the US would incur "irreparable harm" if the president lost the power to use Section 1021 - and detain anyone, anywhere "until the end of hostilities" on a whim. This case will probably make its way to the Supreme Court.
You can read more about the lawsuit here: http://www.stopndaa.org/
Participants in this conversation:
First hour or so: Chris Hedges, lead plaintiff, author, and Pulitzer Prize winning former NYTimes reporter. Username == hedgesscoop
Starting in the second hour or so: Daniel Ellsberg, plaintiff and Pentagon Papers leaker. Username == ellsbergd
Starting about two hours in:
Bruce Afran, attorney. Username == bruceafran
Carl Mayer, attorney. Username == cyberesquire
Tangerine Bolen: plaintiff and lawsuit coordinator, director of RevolutionTruth. Username == TangerineBolenRT
David Segal: Former RI state representative, Exec Director of Demand Progress. Username == davidadamsegal
Proof (will do our best to add more as various individuals join in):
https://www.stopndaa.org/redditAMA https://twitter.com/demandprogress https://twitter.com/revtruth Daniel, with today's paper, ready for Reddit: https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.demandprogress.org/images/IMG_20120927_094759.jpg
Update 1: Chris had to run off for 20 min. Back now, as of 12:40 -- sorry for the delay. Update 2: As of 1:20 Daniel Ellsberg is answering questions. We have Chris for a few more mins, and expect the lawyers to join in about an hour. Update 3 As of 2pm ET our lawyers are on. Chris had to leave.