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"I couldn't offer any specific language," Torrance answered. "I don't have a specific example."

There are now 1,271 government agencies and 1,931 private companies that work on programs related to counter-terrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States, The Washington Post reported in a 2010 series by Dana Priest and William M. Arken. There are 854,000 people with top-secret security clearances, the reporters wrote, and in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2011.

Investigative reporter James Bamford wrote in the latest issue of Wired magazine that the National Security Agency is building the largest spy center in the country in Bluffdale, Utah, as part of a secret NSA surveillance program code-named "Stellar Wind." Bamford noted that the NSA has established listening posts throughout the country to collect, store and examine billions of email messages and phone calls.

If we lose this case it will hand to the vast network of operatives and agencies that investigate and demonize anyone who is not subservient to the corporate state the power to detain citizens and strip them of due process. It will permit the security and surveillance state to brand as terrorists any nonviolent protesters and movements, along with social and political critics, that in the government's imagination have any trace of connection to al-Qaida or "associated forces." If the National Defense Authorization Act is not reversed it will plunge us into despotism, leaving us without a voice, trapped in eddies of fear and terror, unsure of what small comment, what small action, could be misinterpreted to push us out of our jobs or send us to jail. This is the future before us. And we better fight back now while we can.

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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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AND REPEAL THE NDAA We need one million si... by lila york on Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 11:54:24 AM
lila, in addition to having signed the petition my... by Alan MacDonald on Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 9:43:06 AM
  What Hedges points out is that the se... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 12:13:48 PM
The irony of the NDAA is that it comes under the a... by Jay Thompson on Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 12:52:06 PM
Jay,I understand the common perception that you ar... by Mark Methven on Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 2:51:52 PM
I wrote one of the early pieces on the NDAA (Dec. ... by Jeanine Molloff on Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 1:43:11 PM
The U.S. Attorney doesn't know what language it wi... by Cynthia Morse on Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 6:14:47 PM
that is right before our noses. I will of cou... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 7:14:14 PM
Then he needs to debate the Green candidate, so we... by lila york on Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 10:21:54 PM
to my attention, and others. I'd like to be o... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 1:15:59 PM
As the towers fell I thought well there goes our f... by Donnie McLeod on Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 8:18:48 PM
A sincere thankyou, Mr. Hedges, to you and all of... by Ed Dingilian on Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 8:58:07 PM
Chris, sound the alarm, one if land and two if... by Patrick McGean on Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 9:10:13 PM
So let me explain it to you. A lot of people belie... by Kansas Bright on Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 6:47:13 AM
Continued) The first Amendment does not give us a... by Kansas Bright on Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 6:48:47 AM
I read a lot of comments where people say we "need... by Kansas Bright on Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 7:07:25 AM
I am responding to unconstitutional legislation th... by lila york on Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 7:41:19 AM
"Although we may never know with complete certaint... by fusion on Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 2:19:59 PM
Ron Paul's legislation to repeal NDAA, HR 3785, wo... by Ralph Lopez on Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 8:30:56 PM
We are living in a military police state.  Be... by Gary Moore on Sunday, Apr 8, 2012 at 10:22:10 PM
Thank you, Kansas Bright.  Language is so ins... by Cynthia Morse on Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 1:48:52 AM
Mr. Hedges-   Given that Sen. Udall has ... by Ed Dingilian on Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 at 2:01:06 PM