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Judge Katherine Forrest has made permanent her order blocking enforcement of section 1021 of the NDAA.

(Reuters) - A federal judge made permanent on Wednesday her order blocking enforcement of a U.S. law's provision that authorizes military detention for people deemed to have "substantially supported" al Qaeda, the Taliban or "associated forces."

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan had ruled in May in favor of non-profit groups and reporters whose work relates to conflicts in the Middle East and who said they feared being detained under a section of the law, signed by President Barack Obama in December.

"This court does not disagree with the principle that the president has primacy in foreign affairs," the judge said, but that she was not convinced by government arguments.

"The government has not stated that such conduct - which, by analogy, covers any writing, journalistic and associational activities that involve al Qaeda, the Taliban or whomever is deemed "associated forces" - does not fall within § 1021(b)(2)."

A spokeswoman for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office, which represents the government in this case, declined to comment on the ruling.


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If the government wants to take someone away.

And they do it. Not telling anyone, and holds them forever. Who the hell will know anyways. I fully do not understand the NDAA legislation and how it can be blocked. The government will cover it up so no one will ever know. How will the courts be able to step in? Especially if the person or persons are never charged. Having the government thinking it is law is what is bad. The law needs to be repealed. Get it off the books. So they can't and will not test this. Any government that even thinks of doing something like it. IS EVIL!

It's time! Rand Paul 2016!

"Truth, Justice, and the American Way!"

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She is a HEROINE!

God bless her!

Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Good For Her

Risking reputation an all for Justice !


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

Judge Katherine is a hero !!!


They Wrote The Law Too Broadly For This Judge

But what would have happened had they just left it at "member of Al Queda or the Taliban"? Suppose someone joins such a group for the purpose of internally opposing and if necessary undermining any anti-American terrorism?

Can this ruling be appealed? Might we see this case work its way up to the Supreme Court?

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