Only days before his suit of President Obama and the U.S. Department of Defense is heard in federal appeals court, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges spoke at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center banquet held Jan. 19, 2013, in Memphis.
Hedges, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg and others have sued to squash the unconstitutional National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits the government to pick up anybody they wish at any time and hold him however long they want---without charging the alleged offender with a crime and without notifying family members of his or her whereabouts.
I simply call it the "Disappearing Act" or the "National Disappearing of Anyone Act." The federal court agreed the law was unconstitutional, which threw Pentagon attorneys into a panic, and they got an emergency hearing before the appellate court. The appeals court stayed the law (left it in force) and set a Feb. 6 hearing date.
In his remarks, Hedges retraced the history of the corporate takeover of democracy and the U.S. government, and he said the only remedy is massive civil disobedience. Hedges' latest book is Days of Destruction; Days of Revolt.