Past Event

New Year, New defense bill: Who does it defend?

Cafe Society will be meeting at Ron’s Barber Shop 

A member of the National Lawyers Guild Chicago Chapter will be our guest speaker. 

From “Obama Signs Defense Bill Despite ‘Serious Reservations'” by Michael McAuliff

“Indefinite military detention of Americans became the law of the land Saturday, as President Barack Obama signed a defense bill that codified that authority, even as he said he would not use it. The National Defense Authorization Act states how the military is to be funded, but also includes a number of controversial provisions on arresting and holding suspected terrorists, which at first drove Obama to threaten a veto. He retreated from that threat after Congress added provisions that took the ultimate authority to detain suspects from the military’s hands and gave it to the president….”President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.”

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Questions for Consideration

How will the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), positioned as being tough on terrorism, succeed or fail in making Americans feel safe? How can we oppose “terrorist threats” while still preserving basic rights? What kind of impact will the NDAA have on demonstrations at the upcoming G8/NATO summits in Chicago?

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