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Thu May 17, 2012, 09:08 AM

Judge Blocks Controversial National Defense Authorization Act

Source: Courthouse News Service

Judge Blocks Controversial NDAA
By ADAM KLASFELD

MANHATTAN (CN) - A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction late Wednesday to block provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the military to indefinitely detain anyone it accuses of knowingly or unknowingly supporting terrorism.

Signed by President Barack Obama on New Year's Eve, the 565-page NDAA contains a short paragraph, in statute 1021, letting the military detain anyone it suspects "substantially supported" al-Qaida, the Taliban or "associated forces." The indefinite detention would supposedly last until "the end of hostilities."

In a 68-page ruling blocking this statute, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest agreed that the statute failed to "pass constitutional muster" because its broad language could be used to quash political dissent.

"There is a strong public interest in protecting rights guaranteed by the First Amendment," Forrest wrote. "There is also a strong public interest in ensuring that due process rights guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment are protected by ensuring that ordinary citizens are able to understand the scope of conduct that could subject them to indefinite military detention."

Read more: http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/05/16/46550.htm

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kpete May 2012 OP
pasto76 May 2012 #1
Bandit May 2012 #5
patrice May 2012 #2
meow2u3 May 2012 #3
pmorlan1 May 2012 #4
kpete May 2012 #6
Uncle Joe May 2012 #7
The Northerner May 2012 #8

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 09:45 AM

1. non americans dont get our constitutional guarantees

but they do get human rights. Indefinite imprisonment, no trial, no recourse seem to violate those.

It's also called integrity. A lot of americans need to look that up. No integrity in preaching democracy blah blah blah when we do shit like this. bravo on thsi Judge

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Response to pasto76 (Reply #1)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:13 AM

5. Where does the Constitution say only citizens get those rights?

I believe those rights are for anyone within the borders of the USA. Maybe not the right to vote or the right of some others but basic protections are for everyone.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 09:57 AM

2. I hope you all filed your copy of the Presidential Signing Statement where you can find it.nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 09:58 AM

3. I'm glad the judge blocked those provisions of the NDAA

The indefinite detention provision is an in-your-face, unconstitutional bill of attainder. Even if Obama would refuse to enforce that provision, if Rmoney got in, his puppetmasters would have had anyone who disagreed with him locked up and disappeared faster than I could type this post.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 10:08 PM

4. Fantastic News!

Now if we can just get Congress to do their part before the government appeals the decision.

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Response to pmorlan1 (Reply #4)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:17 AM

6. I agree

great news
now let's make it stick!

peace, kpete

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 01:41 PM

7. That is good news.

Thanks for the thread, kpete.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2012, 04:13 PM

8. It's about time

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