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Parts of National Defense law blocked

The controversial National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 which was signed by the President a few months ago, was ruled on yesterday by U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest after several plaintiffs filed suit. Judge Forrest handed down an injunction preventing part of the law from being enforced. She was of the opinion that the law was too vague in how it said it would handle suspected terrorists and also felt it gave the military extra powers that were too broad.

The law was tweaked after citizens contacted their legislators to complain that it could be used by the government to indefinitely detain average, law-abiding citizens, thereby violating their constitutional rights of due process. Even though President Obama signed it after legislators re-worded the bill, many skeptics were still not convinced of its constitutionality and Judge Forrest agreed. In her opinion she expressed her belief that it was unconstitutional in that it could be used to arrest and detain anyone who expresses political dissent against those in power which would ultimately violate their First Amendment and Fifth Amendment (due process) rights.

Source: Judge Blocks Portion of NDAA. Truthdig.com. Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

–Harry A. Gaylord–

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