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The government, in effect, is attempting to push though a law similar to the legislation that permitted the government to intern 110,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. This law, if it comes back into force, would facilitate the mass internment of Muslim Americans as well as those deemed to "support" groups or activities defined as terrorist by the state. Calling the 1944 ruling "an embarrassment," Forrest referred to Korematsu v. United States, which upheld the government's internment of Japanese-Americans. 

The judge said in her opinion that the government "did not submit any evidence in support of its positions. It did not call a single witness, submit a single declaration, or offer a single document at any point during these proceedings." She went on to write that she found "the testimony of each plaintiff credible."

"At the March hearing, the Court asked whether Hedges' activities could subject him to detention under - 1021; the Government stated that it was not prepared to address that question. When asked a similar question at the August hearing, five months later, the Government remained unwilling to state whether any of plaintiffs' (including Hedges's) protected First Amendment future activities could subject him or her to detention under  - 1021. This Court finds that Hedges has a reasonable fear of detention pursuant to  - 1021(b)(2)."

The government has now lost four times in a litigation that has gone on almost nine months. It lost the preliminary injunction in May. It lost a motion for reconsideration shortly thereafter. It lost the permanent injunction. It lost its request last week for a stay. We won't stop fighting this, but it is deeply disturbing that the Obama administration, rather than protecting our civil liberties and democracy, insists on further eroding them by expanding the power of the military to seize U.S. citizens and control our streets.

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Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The (more...)
 
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Where might I find a copy of this decision?... by Judith A Cartisano on Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 12:26:47 PM
It's not distrubing enough to make me consider vot... by Dan Cooper on Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 1:47:34 PM
whether or not our votes are actually counted.... by Laura Stein on Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 at 5:58:10 PM
- In the last 220 years there have been only ab... by DonFphrnqTaub Persina Persina on Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 8:00:59 PM
has been criminalized beyond our comprehension. Ob... by intotheabyss on Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 9:54:37 PM
The Grover Glenn Norquist cabal is strangling, suf... by DonFphrnqTaub Persina Persina on Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 9:26:02 AM
- But he was unfortunately born to Americans livin... by DonFphrnqTaub Persina Persina on Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 9:45:30 AM
Obama quietly got a stay of Forrest's ruling, mean... by Gustav Wynn on Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:10:45 AM