David Seaman interviewed Tangerine Bolen, a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions, shortly after a District Federal Judge ruled that portions of the act are unconstitutional. (See the update on the appeal below the audio.)
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.” Learn more and read the ruling here.
If you listen to the moment at 14:22, you’ll hear the chilling moment when Tangerine receives an email from her attorney that Obama officially appeals the ruling–renewing his quest for dictatorial powers.
UPDATE: 9/14/12 Today, lawyers for the Obama administration are arguing that the United States will be irreparably harmed if it has to abide by a judge’s ruling that it can no longer hold terrorism suspects indefinitely without trial in military custody.
In a stay request signed by New York’s Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, Assistant Attorney General Stuart Delery and Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson, the government argued that the injunction was an “unprecedented” trespass on power of the president and the legislature that by its very nature was doing irreparable harm.
The request also argued that the injuction places an undue burden on military commanders in a time of war while the plaintiffs — among them pulitzer-prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges and noted left-wing academic Noam Chomsky — had no reasonable fear of ever being detained “in the foreseeable future.” (Huffington Post)
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