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-Obama claims he would never use the provisions of the NDAA, which include indefinite detention of US citizens by the US military with no habeas corpus rights. There are few limits any more on executive power in the US, and this privilege will transfer to future presidents.

-After losing the right to have the military detain US citizens in a lawsuit over NDAA by Chris Hedges and others (including a member of Iceland's Parliament, who angered the Obama administration by supporting Bradley Manning), the Obama administration filed an immediate appeal.   It is suspected that this immediate appeal was due to that fact that there are American citizens already detained under the NDAA.   We just don't know about them yet.

-Yemeni president claims he has approved US drone attacks.  

-Bahrain police shot a 17-year-old protester dead.   Bahrain protests have stayed peaceful, but the US government says and does nothing to help these protesters.   They could stop it in a minute by threatening to remove the 5th fleet from Bahrain.

-US issues terror warning to Americans in Egypt.   They should issue a warning to all Americans around the world.

-It was revealed this month that US agencies sprayed radioactive particles over parts of St. Louis in the 1950s and 1960s, mainly in the projects.

-Over one million US kids are reportedly homeless in September 2012.

-The US "war on drugs" is being formally questioned at the UN.

-Military spending continues to go up -- to over a trillion a year now. For a small portion of that amount, we could make college tuition at all state colleges free.   Forever.

-"The decision by the European Court of Human Rights last week to refuse to block the extradition of the radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and four others to the United States on terrorism charges removes one of the last external checks on our emerging gulag state.    Masri and the four others, all held in British jails, will soon join hundreds of other Muslims tried in Article III federal courts in the United States over the last decade. Fair trials are unlikely. A disturbing pattern of gross infringements on basic civil liberties, put in place in the name of national security, has poisoned our legal system. 

These infringements include intrusive surveillance, vague material support charges, the use of prolonged pretrial solitary confinement, classified evidence that the accused cannot review, and the use of political activities, normally protected under the First Amendment, to demonstrate mind-set and intent. Muslims caught up in the Article III courts are denied the opportunity to confront their accusers and to have their religious and political associations protected, and they rarely find a judge courageous enough to protect their rights. 

These violations of fundamental civil liberties will not, in the end, be reserved exclusively for Muslims once the corporate state feels under siege. What is happening to them will happen to the rest of us."  -- Chris Hedges (Or, at least, some of the rest of us.)

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