Yesterday, Judge Katherine Forrest–a recent Obama appointee–permanently enjoined (prevented) enforcement of a portion of the National Defense Authorization Act, stating that the law “impermissibly impinges on guaranteed First Amendment rights and lacks sufficient definitional structure and protections to meet the requirements of due process.” (Ultraculture)
The NDAA is a federal law signed into law by President Obama on December 31, 2011 that authorizes the government to detain persons–without charge or trial–including U.S. citizens, who “substantially support” Al-Qaeda, the Taliban or their “associated forces.”
Obama’s lawyers (Yes, our constitutional scholar-in-chief) had argued that the courts should, ‘stay out of it’ and “exercise deference to the executive and legislative branches and decline to rule on the statute’s constitutionality.” Obama’s lawyers are expected to appeal this ruling and many wonder if they will ignore it all-together.
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Across the country, Ron Paul supporters deserve the credit for keeping this issue alive within the public sphere. Have you ever heard CNN report on this issue?
FLASHBACK: Ben Swann, a local FOX reporter, has been tirelessly covering this story.
FLASHBACK: Blake Filippi, a lawyer from Rhode Island, has been on the front lines of fighting this law at the state level.