Federal Judge Hears Arguments For Permanent Injunction Against NDAA Indefinite Detention

[NEW YORK, NY] Today at 2pm at 500 Pearl St. in Manhattan Judge Katherine Forrest will hear arguments by plaintiffs and the government relative to an effort to block the government from using new “indefinite detention” powers.



The lawsuit
, brought by journalist Chris Hedges, Professor Noam Chomsky, activist Daniel Ellsberg (leaker of the Pentagon Papers) and others argues that the government’s assertion of the right to detain civilians indefinitely and without charge or trial violates the Constitution. The provision in question was passed in late 2011 as part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Judge Forrest —a recent Obama appointee— has concurred with the plaintiffs and earlier this year issued a temporary restraining order against the government’s use of the indefinite detention powers. Today she will hear arguments for and against issuing a permanent order. The hearing is expected to last 3-4 hours. Attorneys for the plaintiffs, and lead plaintiff Chris Hedges will speak to the press afterwards.

For more information, and to sign on as a supporter of the lawsuit, Internet users may visit www.StopNDAA.org

Civil liberties organizations Demand Progress and Revolution Truth have provided grassroots and monetary support for the lawsuit. According to Demand Progress executive director David Segal, “We are hopeful that Judge Forrest will make clear that the government’s assertion of indefinite detention powers is an obscene violation of basic tenets of our Constitution; she deserves the acclaim of all Americans for protecting our rights to speech, association, and due process by placing a rare check on executive power run amok.”

 

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  1. Deby,

    If stuff like this isn’t proof enough of the plans of the ILLEGAL ALIEN PRETEND PRESIDENT, MUSLIM BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA are to DESTROY the United States, then YOU are PART of the plan!!!! He is NOT a LEGAL CITIZEN, nor does he want to be!!! He is ONLY wanting to be the DICTATOR and have TOTAL CONTROL over this nation. Will you be part of that plan or part of the solution and help get his ass OUT?!?! PERSONALLY, I beleive he should be removed IMMEDIATELY and DEPORTED BACK TO HIS HOMELAND OF AFRICA!!!!! WHY EVERYONE is NOT DOING SOMETHING TO SHUT HIM DOWN is beyond me!! WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!! OUR RIGHTS, OUR CONSTITUTION ARE BEING COMPROMISED AT EVERY TURN!! YET THIS IS NOT STOPPED, OR QUESTIONED AND HE AND HIS CRONIES CONTINUE TO WORK AT DESTROYING THIS NATION FROM WITHIN. He is causing our Allies to disrespect and grow hateful towards us and has told the world we are not a Christian nation while he laughs about being the first Muslim in the White House. This Anti-American, American Hating HALF WHITE BASTARD needs to be SHUT DOWN NOW!!!! Will ANYONE LISTEN BEFORE IT IS TO LATE??????

    • Author admin,

      We only approved the above comment to highlight everything that is wrong with America’s misdirected frustration at state repression.

      Deby, I pray that your bile will leave you.

      While we are actively challenging the Obama administration on the #NDAA we recognize the ss1021 statute within the #NDAA is a by-product of the exponential judicial over-reach of our military industrial complex (to which the president is a mere cog and not a driving force).

      Your racism and xenophobia has no place in this dialog, nor on this website. Moreover in the wake of the tragic Sheikh temple shooting, I plead with you to recognize that misdirected ALL CAPS hatred like what you spewed above helped to fuel the fire that ended in that tragedy.

      Please, please, think rationally.

      Sparrow

  2. Jon,

    She’s not all wrong. Barack has been trained from a child to live this way. He was groomed for the position. He has the power to stop it. It is well within the seat of president to stop these things but he is not. HE is not just a tool but a propagator. For to stand aside and do nothing is the same as putting the nails in the coffin.

    BTW the Shiekh temple is not a Muslim religion it is Hindu.

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