Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, discusses the temporary legal injunction prohibiting enforcement of some provisions in the NDAA, specifically the indefinite military detentions that could apply to American dissidents like Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg; the vague definitions of “support for terrorism” and “associated forces,” which basically mean whatever the government wants them to; why most members of Congress are willing to destroy civil liberties to look tough on terrorism and win reelection; imagining the consequences if other countries dared to assassinate Americans based on secret evidence and an undisclosed legal standard; and the US’s hypocritical message to the developing world about the superiority of civilian trials to military ones.
Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, discusses his article “Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a ‘Battlefield’ They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window;” the secretly-negotiated bill proposing indefinite detention in military custody for US citizens accused of terrorism (or donating to the wrong charities, etc.); how the Non-Detention Act of 1971 (the “never again” response to Japanese-American internment during WWII) envisioned Congress as a moderating force that would prevent Executive abuses; why the Supreme Court is the last obstacle preventing military POW camps from replacing the civilian justice system; indications that Obama may actually veto (rather than encourage) the Constitution’s destruction; and why you should call your senator to help stop this bill from passing.
Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, discusses the stealthy attempt in Congress to give the president unlimited authority to wage war worldwide, far beyond what the AUMF allows; the expiration of the already-dubious 60 day grace period on waging war in Libya without Congressional consent; why you should take the opportunity to pester your representative while Congress is on recess; how a permanent state of war destroys civil liberties in short order; and why, if a threat to the US really exists, Congress needs to define it, debate a course of action, and then declare war if necessary.
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In continuation of our tribute to Alan Bock, Gene Berkman and John Seiler will both be on to discuss the impact of Bock’s work on the libertarian movement.
Bios: John Seiler has been an editorial writer with The Orange County Register for 19 years. He is also is the managing editor of CalWatchDog.com. Owner of the legendary Renaissance Books bookstore in Riverside. In 1972 he helped found the Libertarian Party in California.
Phil Giraldi will be on to discuss Obama’s speech as it relates to Israel. Read Giraldi’s latest here.
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Bio: Phil Giraldi Is a former “counter-terrorism” specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and a columnist and television commentator who is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a group that advocates for more even handed policies by the U.S. government in the Middle East. Giraldi served the CIA for eighteen years in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain and speaks those nations’ languages.
He has written columns on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues for The American Conservative magazine, Huffington Post, and Antiwar.com and op-ed pieces for the Hearst Newspaper chain. He has been interviewed by Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, FOX News, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the British Broadcasting Corporation, al-Jazeera, al-Arabiya and other outlets. During the 2008 presidential primaries, Giraldi served as a foreign policy adviser to Ron Paul.
Christopher Anders will be on to discuss the new Congressional measure to sanction extreme war powers. Read about it here.
Bio: Christopher Anders is senior legislative counsel in the ACLUâ€™s Washington Legislative Office.
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Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel in the ACLUâ€™s Washington Legislative Office, discusses how the Obama administrationâ€™s minimal effort on closing Guantanamo has demoralized and discouraged Democrats willing to take political risks to make it happen; how the DOJâ€™s absolute certainty of convictions in terrorism cases casts doubt on the US â€œjusticeâ€ system; the lack of trials for 9/11 defendants (except marginal players) despite nearly 10 years gone by; and the primary lesson learned from the Anwar al-Awlaki decision: courts are continuing to defer authority to Congress and the President.