US judge blocks indefinite detention of Americans

A US federal judge has temporarily blocked a section of the controversial National Defense Authorization Act that allows for the indefinite military detention of US citizens.

­In a 68-page ruling, US District Judge Katherine Forrest agreed on Wednesday that the statute failed to “pass constitutional muster” because its language could be interpreted quite broadly and eventually be used to suppress political dissent.

“There is a strong public interest in protecting rights guaranteed by the First Amendment,” Forrest wrote, according to CourtHouseNews.Com. “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.”

The Manhattan judge therefore ruled in favor of a group of writers and activists who sued US officials, including President Barack Obama. They claimed that the act, which was signed into law on December 31, makes them fear possible arrest by US armed forces.

Among those who filed the complaint, Bloomberg reports, was former New York Times reporter Christopher Hedges. According to the journalist, NDAA would allow federal authorities to hold him in custody just for interviewing individuals who were detained on “suspicion of providing substantial support” to people engaged in hostilities against the US.

The order by Judge Forrest prevents the enforcement of the statute provision, pending further order of the court or an amendment to the statute by the US Congress.

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2 Responses to "US judge blocks indefinite detention of Americans"

  1. Harmoy  May 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Its about time we had honest judges protecting us!! I think people should write to her and thank her for protecting our rights. She is to be commended. US District Judge Katherine Forrest, we should not forget names like this because they make a HUGE difference. Write to her and thank her..

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  2. Mohan Rose Ali  August 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

    US – Manhattan’s Meritocratic Judge ‘Katherine Forrest’ stands a testament to a fearless factor by feminine gender in protecting the freedom and liberty on US Soil, the main motto of US Constitution …

    Royal Salutes to her in establishing the justice back to the system …

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