Jonathan Hafetz

Barack Obama’s lawless police state


Jonathan Hafetz, staff attorney in the ACLU’s National Security Project, discusses Obama’s refusal to end military commissions, the U.S. government’s gaming of the courts to avoid an adverse Supreme Court ruling on indefinite detentions, some details on Ali Saleh Kahlah Al Marri’s military detention and the excessive deference given to presidential authority.

MP3 here. (20:06)

Jonathan Hafetz is a staff attorney in the ACLU’s National Security Project and represented “enemy combatant” Ali Saleh Kahlah Al Marri, challenging the indefinite military detention of a lawful resident alien arrested in the United States.

4 thoughts on “Jonathan Hafetz”

  1. Another example of Obama saying the opposite of what he’ll do, a great U.S. prez tradition.

    Obama didn’t reject torture. He said he rejected torture, but so did W. There are still torture squads at Gitmo (rapid intervention squads or some such name) and Obama is now outsourcing torture to other countries to a greater extent than W.

    IMO, plea bargains are another crooked part of the U.S. justice system, a kind of blackmail the govt holds over citizens.

  2. I wish Mr Haftez would have taken a harder line on the Feds. It especially bothers me when the Feds bring people to my (occupied) State and torture people for any reason. It’s never justified.

  3. I am wondering if anyone will ever come forward and describe what has happened within the US vis a vis domestic surveillence and harassment of certain individuals through the DIA. There are domestic surveillence programs that exist which are not described in the media, but which I have some knowledge of. The extent of some of these programs is truly massive and transcends government to involve many facets of society.

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