Not much to say here. Obama apologists will find a way to excuse it. Romney feels NDAA does not go far enough. Write-in Dennis Kucinich for president?
The new ruling in favor of Obama's right to detain Americans in military custody comes a week after a federal judge struck it down, and ruled it unconstitutional. The administration appealed the decision and won.
The US government filed an "emergency stay" with the US Second District Court on Monday, in a bid to maintain its ability to indefinitely detain any person without charge or trial.Now Politico reports:
US President Barack Obama speaks before signing the National Defense Authorization Act (Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images) The move comes as a desperate attempt to lift last week's federal court ruling in which Judge Katherine Forrest ruled against a provision of the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which allows the military to apprehend anyone, including US citizens, who may be assumed to be a terrorist, or affiliated with terrorists, and in turn detain them indefinitely.
The law, signed by Obama, lead to a lawsuit, which was filed by a large group of journalists and activists, spearheaded by journalist Chris Hedges, who argued that the law was unconstitutional and a threat to free speech.
A single federal appeals court judge put a temporary hold Monday night on a district court judge's ruling blocking enforcement of indefinite detention provisions in a defense bill passed by Congress and signed into law last year by President Barack Obama.So much for the canard "it doesn't apply to American citizens," so carefully nourished and spread among unwitting believers in hope and change. We can thank law professor Jonathan Turley for putting that to rest, not in the American media of course. He had to go on BBC.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier issued a one-page order staying the district court judge's injunction until a three-judge appeals court panel can take up the issue on September 28.
Lohier offered no explanation or rationale for the temporary stay. However, the Justice Department has asked the appeals court to block the injunction issued by U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Forrest last Wednesday.
So now we are left with the shreds of a constitutional republic, and nowhere to turn. Earlier in the month Obama punted when Ben Swann asked why his administration was fighting for this power, saying the power to detain US citizens without charge or trial by the US military is not something a president should have, but still not explaining why his administration is fighting for it. What the interview does is cut off at the knees those who would say "Obama is not aware of everything going on in his administration. IT'S NOT HIS FAULT!" Obama was asked point blank. He knows about it.
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