Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans, including 15 years at The New York Times as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief. Hedges left the Times shortly after they issued him a formal reprimand for publicly denouncing the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Hedges channels his righteous outrage towards social injustice and the atrocities of war through thoughtful and provocative writing which has won him significant acclaim as a journalist. He was among a team of New York Times reporters awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. That same year, he received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights in Journalism. The Los Angeles Press Club, which describes Hedges as “Champion of the 99 % — mortal enemy of the 1%,” named him Online Journalist of the Year in 2009 and 2011, recognizing his column in Truthdig.
Hedges has written 12 books, including best-sellers American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Death of the Liberal Class, and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. His most recent book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, a collaboration with comics artist and journalist Joe Sacco, is a brutally honest account of their travels through America’s “sacrifice zones” — areas of the country that have suffered and decayed as a result of exploitation in the name of profit and corporate power.
Books ans speeches are one thing but alone have changed little in the increasingly totalitarian State and so Chris Hedges and others have resorted to the legal process. The lawsuit, Hedges v. Obama, challenges Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It was signed into law the last day of 2011. Afran and fellow attorney Carl Mayer filed the lawsuit in January 2012. I was later joined by co-plaintiffs Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, journalist Alexa O’Brien, Tangerine Bolen+, Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir and Occupy London activist Kai Wargalia.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s subsequent decision to refuse to hear the case, which permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centres without due process, means that this provision will continue to be law. It means to Hedges that the nation has entered a post-constitutional era.
Hedges is currently a senior fellow at the Nation Institute, and has taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Princeton University. He received his B.A. in English Literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. Hedges was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California.