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Once arbitrary and indefinite detention by the military is lawful, the government will use it. If we do not win this case, all those deemed to be hostile or critical of the state, including some Muslims, journalists, dissidents and activists, will find themselves under threat.

I spent 20 years as a foreign correspondent, 15 of them with The New York Times. I interviewed numerous individuals deemed by the U.S. government to be terrorists and traveled with armed groups, including units of al-Qaida, labeled as terrorist organizations. When I reported the statements and activities of these individuals and groups, U.S. officialdom often made little distinction between them and me. This was true during the wars in Central America. It was true in the Middle East. And it was true when I covered global terrorism. 

There was no law at the time that permitted the government, because of my work as a reporter, to order the military to seize and detain me. Now there is. This law, if it is not struck down, will essentially replace our civilian judiciary with a military one. Those targeted under this law will not be warned beforehand that they will be arrested. They will not have a chance to get a lawyer. They will not see the inside of a courtroom. They will simply vanish.

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Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

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This needs to be circulated. This is America? ... by George Eliason on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 1:36:45 AM
Yes. This and more. You've just asked a highly at... by Ad Du on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:59:30 AM
Interesting article__but as warmonger USA is run b... by urb musak on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:01:43 PM
"But no legal principle requires the government to... by Samson on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 4:10:44 AM
The courts have shown us they will interpret the c... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 5:40:54 AM
This is a huge, huge issue at law under our const... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 5:37:09 AM
Hedges argues that, "This obliteration of the righ... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:06:39 AM
The unquestionable and only universally damning... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:09:40 AM
I think Chris's words are just fine.  I want ... by frang on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:17:21 AM
I suppose the plaintiffs may know what they are d... by Paul Easton on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:55:31 AM
Does it make sense to appeal to the Empire to ref... by Paul Easton on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:58:09 AM
Paul, no the Empire will not reform itself.Empire... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 3:26:04 PM
Great Article.  But the Deep State is making ... by Catherine McCoy on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 1:20:43 PM
You are particularly correct about the ability of ... by Pal Palsimon on Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 3:37:05 AM