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Military Detention Law Blocked By New York Judge

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: NDAA, Freedoms, Prison, Disappear, constitution, congress, democrats, republicans, Govtfearmongering )

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A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a section of the National Defense Authorization Act that opponents claim allows for indefinite military detention.

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Barbara W (342)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 4:22 pm
"U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan today ruled in favor of a group of writers and activists who sued officials including President Barack Obama, claiming the act, signed into law Dec. 31, puts them in fear that they could be arrested and held by U.S. armed forces.

The complaint was filed by a group including former New York Times reporter Christopher Hedges. The plaintiffs contend a section of the law allows for detention of citizens and permanent residents taken into custody in the U.S. on “suspicion of providing substantial support” to people engaged in hostilities against the U.S., such as al-Qaeda.

Hedges said he could be held in custody by federal authorities just for interviewing such individuals, according to court filings. Forrest’s order prevents enforcement of the provision of the statute pending further order of the court or an amendment to the statute by Congress.

The case is Hedges v. Obama, 12-CV-00331, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

To contact the reporters on this story: Bob Van Voris in Manhattan federal court at; Patricia Hurtado in Manhattan federal court at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at '

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 5:18 pm

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R. G (12)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 7:53 pm
Please urge your lawmakers to support their efforts and help us spread word far and wide.
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Barbara W (342)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 7:00 pm
The Nation Defense Authorization Act is also an offense against good old American common sense! These fools who voted for and signed this bill into law are themselves treasonous American's. If they don't get it they better do some good old Constitutional homework.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Thursday May 17, 2012, 10:19 pm
Excellent article on this stupendous ruling.

Judge Forrest is not temporarily barring enforcement.

Your article states "Forrest’s order prevents enforcement of the provision of the statute pending further order of the court or an amendment to the statute by Congress." This to me, means that the law will never be enforced in its present form. The courts or Congress will have to amend the law to a form that is constitutional;y acceptable before it can be enforced. Essentially, NDAA is dead in the water in its present form.

John G. why is she an "activist judge"? I thought you were a military man who swore to protect and defend the constitution. You should be overjoyed to finally see a judge do that in the year 2012.

Abdessalam D (145)
Friday May 18, 2012, 12:41 am
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Wonerful news Barbara. Thank you.

Terrie Williams (798)
Friday May 18, 2012, 9:06 am
We will not go into the dark night silently or willingly. We will fight it (Fascism) to the bitter end. I think they are beginning to understand that.
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