Reporter Chris Hedges is one of many notable U.S. names who are joined in a series of lawsuits against President Obama, and administration, regarding the constitutionality of the 2012 NDAA detention provisions. The justifiable concern by media and press members sympathetic to protest movements, specifically the occupy protests, could be considered or treated as threats to national security.
In writer and journalist Naomi Wolf’s account of the below hearing, federal lawyers could not, or would not, give specifics to provisions of detention under NDAA, but could not rule out arresting reporters for reporting, occupy protestors for protesting, or a writer of a hypothetical book with political statements.
If you remember back a few months, Ms. Wolf was arrested outside a private NY gala dinner after coming out and talking with occupy protestors. After informing the small crowd of their right to protest and encouraging them to peacefully assemble and walk single-file on the public sidewalk, she was arrested. Charges were later dropped.
The entire document is worth reading, and paints a clear picture of how few answers we’re getting from the federal government on these questionable new laws.
Others involved in the suit include Ms. Wolf, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, and Noam Chomsky.