Breaking: Manhattan Judge Blocks Provisions of NDAA

Late Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest granted an injunction to block certain parts of Obama’s National Defense Authorization Act, citing the vague wording of “associated forces” and “end of hostilities” as ominously dangerous to the protection of First Amendment rights and potential indefinite detention of U.S. citizens.

Judge Forrest, from Courthouse News:

“There is a strong public interest in protecting rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. 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 lawsuit was filed by notable activists such as Chris Hedges and Noam Chomski soon after President Obama signed NDAA into law. Judge Forrest’s full 68-page opinion can be read here.

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