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article imageNDAA indefinite military detention of Americans on radio tonight

By Ralph Lopez     Nov 28, 2014 in World
WCRN's the John Weston Show will discuss the law signed by Obama once again in 2014, which gives the Executive Branch the power to sweep up Americans and put them into military detention facilities such as Guantanamo.
Anyone in the country can participate by listening live online at and calling in your questions at 508-871-7000.
According to the law, the government may hold US citizens indefinitely, without charging them with a crime. nor giving them the chance to defend themselves in court, based on mere suspicion of "association" with a terrorist group or activity. No evidence need be presented against the citizen.
Weston's guests for the discussion will be People Against the NDAA organizers Rich Aucoin and Susan Serpa. The show starts at midnight tonight, broadcast on AM across the New York state and Massachusetts area, and live online here.
The law has generated controversy since it first passed on New Years Eve of 2011, signed late in the night by Obama. There is no recourse or appeal once the citizen and arrested and sent away, nor does the government even need to inform a family that a family member has been arrested. In 2012, former Congressman Ron Paul introduced legislation to repeal the law granting the Executive Branch these powers, but Congress has renewed in in every session since.
In 2013 UK Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote for
the troubling NDAA provision first signed into law in 2012, which permits the military to detain individuals indefinitely without trial, remains on the books for 2014. Efforts to quash or reform the provision (especially with regard to the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens) have failed and have been fiercely fought by the administration. Most notably, a lawsuit filed by plaintiffs including journalist Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg against the provision has been aggressively fought at every turn by the president’s attorneys.
In 2011, US Senator Carl Levin generated controversy when he revealed, on the Senate floor, that is was the Obama administration which had pushed hardest for the inclusion of NDAA military detention of US citizen powers. Levin told the Senate that his committee, charged with shaping the legislation, had originally included a provision exempting US citizens from the law, who presumably enjoy the protections of the Sixth Amendment of the Bill of Rights, the right to a jury trial when charged with a crime. Levin said it was Obama who in fact wanted US citizens specifically included as subject to the military detention law.
Senator Carl Levin: Obama wanted NDAA indefinite military detention of US citizens
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