Taking place under the noses and behind the backs of the U.S. public is an epic struggle for the heart and soul of American democracy. With most of the country’s mainstream media looking the other way in their usual dereliction of duty, the last stand to defend the final remnants of freedom and democracy is being led by pullitzer-prize winning journalist Chris Hedges.
The battle centres on a piece of legislation that was passed on 31st December 2011, the National Defence Authorisation Act, which essentially grants the executive branch authority to indefinitely detain American citizens without charges or a trial. Journalist Chris Hedges and several other activists sued Obama on the grounds of it being unconstitutional.
Judge Katherine Forrest agreed and issued an injunction on it. This was immediately appealed by the Obama Administration to a higher court, which promptly issued a temporary stay on the injunction. Yesterday, oral arguments began in front of this aforementioned higher court; the 2nd Circuit.
As Hedges warns in the interview below, should the Obama administration win the appeal and the Supreme Court refuses to grant an appeal, “at that point we’ve just become a military dictatorship.”
When it comes to the role of the Obama administration, Hedges holds no punches:
“Obama is the soft face of imperial corporate power, he is a brand and he functions very effectively as a brand. I have long believed that the personal narratives of presidential candidates is meaningless. If you look at all of the major structural issues, there is complete continuity from the Bush administration to the Obama administration, and that’s because these individual figures have very little power. The way the American political system is configured now, it’s impossible to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs or Exxon Mobil or Raytheon or all of those people who profit by continuing these wars in the Middle East… People spend a little too much time listening to his (Obama’s) rhetoric and not watching what he does, which is all that counts. And what he does is really repugnant and awful. I’m less forgiving of Obama because he’s a constitutional lawyer. Unlike our previous president, he’s not a moron; he understands what he’s doing… and that makes him a deeply cynical figure.”
For more of Hedge’s musings, watch this video.