A controversial law that would allow the president to indefinitely detain Americans without trial hit a roadblock after a federal judge blocked the federal government from making any arrests under its purview.
U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest of New York City temporarily halted any arrests or detentions that would take place under the terms of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which took effect on July 1.
In a 68-page opinion, Judge Forrest wrote, while she only enjoined the law “with great caution,” the government had “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.”
As usual, the text of the law seems to say one thing, but actually says something far more sinister.
The NDAA, which President Barack Obama signed last December 31, allows the president to hold enemy combatants in military detention facilities without trial until the end of hostilities, if the person “substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners.”
So far, so good.
...Critics of the law note that the president alone determines who fits this criteria, without any judicial or congressional input. The law merely requires the Secretary of Defense to “regularly brief” Congress about “covered persons.”...
Which would be bad enough. But Big Sis, at Obozo's command, has issued disturbing memos.
Meanwhile, the federal government continues to give signs that it considers pro-life organizations and believers in limited government public enemy number one.
Public Enemy Number One is actually an elitist establishment occupying Congress and the White House.
Somebody read the Constitution.
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Amazing, President Barack Obama nominated Federal Judge Forrest to fill a judicial seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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