A federal judge on Thursday heard arguments in a lawsuit that alleges racial profiling in immigration patrols conducted by the embattled office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The issue argued before U.S. District Judge Murray Snow was whether Arizona’s human-smuggling law could be enforced without discriminating against Latinos. The lawsuit by five legal Latino residents alleges that officers pulled them over without probable cause in order to ask about their immigration status based on race-driven suspicions.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was just passed by Congress, and is on its way to the President’s desk.
The bill gives the military the authority to arrest and detain citizens indefinitely, torture them and even assassinate them on U.S. soil.
NDAA declares the United States a “battlefield” and give Obama and any future presidents the power to transfer suspected members and supporters of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or “associated” groups “to the custody or control of the person’s country of origin, any other foreign country, or any other foreign entity,” rendition as it has applied to foreigners in violation of human rights.
The President’s advisers are recommending that he not veto this legislation despite earlier promises to do so.
The whole world is not a battlefield and President Obama should make that clear. Tell the President to veto any bill that contains indefinite detention without charge or trial.
“The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is a normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave”.
This Christmas is not likely to be a happy one for policemen in the Mexican city of Veracruz, fired en masse earlier this week, as the besieged city decided to disband its entire police force of 900, and hand over security duties to the Mexican military.