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Published on Feb 9, 2013
On February 6, 2013, a three-judge panel heard arguments on the indefinite detention clause of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. (NDAA)
The act would allow the U.S. military to indefinitely detain anyone who provides "substantial support" to the Taliban, al-Qaeda or "associated forces," including "any person who has committed a belligerent act" in the aid of enemy forces.
According to the attorney for the case, Hedges v. Obama will decide whether the United States will have a civil justice system or a military justice system.
The civil justice system is ingrained in the Constitution and is integral in combating tyranny and building a democratic society.
The NDAA attempts to impose a system of military justice that allows the military to police the streets of America, to detain US residents in military prisons, and allows detention of citizens 'until the end of hostilities.'
Until the end of Hostilities?
We are now on day 4,163 of an open-ended war against al-Qaeda.
Legendary whistleblower, and author of the book "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers" Daniel Ellsberg speaks about the NDAA, the erosion of civil liberties, and the rapid rise of tyranny in the US.
He is joined by one of the lawyers for the case, Carl J. Mayer of Mayer Law Group LLC.