AUMF 2001 Imperial Presidency Is The Disease. NDAA 2012 Indefinite Detention Is Only One Symptom.
The post 9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force is at the root of many evils including an Imperial Presidency, unconscionable drone strikes and unconstitutional indefinite detention under NDAA 2012.
By: VVV PR
WE HAVE BEEN WRONG.
NDAA 2012 is only one symptom. AUMF 2001 is the disease.
The primary legal foundation of "Homeland Battlefield"
On 13 January 2012 seven fearless civil liberties activists - Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Jennifer "Tangerine" Bolen, Kai Wargalla and Alexa O'Brien - filed suit against Barack Obama et al seeking to block enforcement of the NDAA 2012 indefinite detention provisions:
On 12 September 2012 U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Forrest granted the plaintiffs request by issuing a permanent injunction that declared NDAA 2012 Section 1021(b)(2) unconstitutional. Then - quite contrary to Obamapologist propaganda on Twitter that "The President Doesn't Really Want This Power: The Truth About AUMF and NDAA" - the Obama regime immediately appealed the decision and on 2 October 2012 the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ban on indefinite detention will not go into effect until a decision on the regime's appeal is rendered. On 19 February 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court denied a counter appeal by Hedges et al to vacate the Appeals Court ruling, so as of this writing - and in yet another Orwellian paradox - the U.S. government can "legally" detain its citizens indefinitely without charge, without trial, and without regard to habeus corpus or what we once knew as the "due process of law".
UNLESS AND UNTIL, of course, NDAA 2012 Section 1021 is made null and void. That can happen one of three ways:
1. By Hedges et al ultimately prevailing in their Stop NDAA lawsuit, which given the current composition of our corporate-controlled "Citizens United" Supreme Court is sadly unlikely.
2. By nullification at the state and local level, which is a piecemeal solution based on the questionable premise that state and local authorities "not cooperating"
3. By passing H.R. 198 to repeal AUMF 2001, which pulls the legal rug out from under not only indefinite detention but also domestic drone strikes and the "Imperial Presidency" behind it all:
For once, stop letting the powers-that-