Marine patriot detained for Facebook political posts (NDAA, anyone?)Submitted by legalizeliberty on Thu, 08/23/2012 - 12:11
When the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was passed by Congress last year, people of all political persuasions were rightly alarmed, because one of its provisions clearly gave the federal government and military the power to indefinitely detain, without charges, any American citizen deemed to be a "terrorist" or someone who pals around with terrorists.
This past May, Federal Judge Katherine B. Forrest blocked that provision, as reported on June 7th at RT.com,
Last month Judge Forrest ruled in favor of a group of journalists and activists [who] filed a suit challenging the constitutionality of Section 1021 of the NDAA, a defense spending bill signed into law by President Obama on New Year's Eve. Specifically, Judge Forrest said in her injunction that the legislation contained elements that had a "chilling impact on First Amendment rights" and ruled that no, the government cannot imprison Americans over suspected ties with terrorists.
"In the face of what could be indeterminate military detention, due process requires more," said the judge.