To be sure, Thomas Jefferson, primary author of the America’s Declaration of Independence, wrote in the preamble to that document,
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Hedges has experienced long trains of abuses and usurpation by those in power, especially by those unwilling to accept his view that the enemy may sometimes win his allegiance for stands taken in their defense.
It is primarily because of this position that he has filed a law suit with several other journalists against President Barach Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. The suit was entered into the records of the US Federal Court, Southern District of New York, January 12, 2012, with Judge Katherine Forrest presiding.
Not surprisingly, the subject of the complaint is freedom of the press and the First Amendment to the Constitution. Hedges was concerned that because of his communication and journalistic affiliations with the Taliban and the al-Qaeda he or other members of the filing group would be subject to provisions of the USAA.
That document states that the President would have the power to send them away without trial to undisclosed areas, where they would be kept until the end of hostilities with the enemy or otherwise executed.
Judge Forrest, in her order issed in May, made made it clear in her public evaluation of Section 1021 of the court papers that the definitions given by the government were imprecise. Accordingly, she writes that “it is the responsibility of our judicial system to protect the public from acts of Congress which infringe upon constitutional rights.” No further response was obtained from the White House.
Beside this attempt to gain political power by assuming it, President Obama has through executive orders gained control of our food supply, all forms of domestic communication, and sent out proposals for the imposition of peacetime martial law. And there are more.
Chris Hedges has send out words to the effect that now is the time for organized, nonviolent resisistance to domestic and corporate pressure that have combined to destroy our liberty.
In an interview with AlterNet.org, he claimed, “The electoral process has been hijacked by corporations. The judiciary has been corrupted and bought. The press shuts out the most important voices in the country and feeds us the banal and the absurd.” Universities prostitute themselves for corporate dollars. Labor unions are marginal and ineffectual forces. The economy is in the hands of corporate swindlers.”
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