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In other words, Obama wants US citizens indefinitely detained in military prisons whether or not charged. He fully supports police state repression. Only his disingenuous rhetoric says otherwise. 

His earlier Executive Order authorized indefinite detentions of anyone designated national security threats. Specifically intended for Guantanamo detainees, it's now for everyone, including US citizens at home or abroad.

Moreover, CIA operatives and Special Forces death squads got presidential authorization to kill targeted US citizens abroad. As a result, they can be hunted down and murdered in cold blood for any reason or none at all.

Inviolable rights are dead. Protesting imperial lawlessness, social injustice, corporate crime, government corruption, or political Washington run of, by and for rich elites can be criminalized. 

So can free speech, assembly, religion, or anything challenging America's right to kill, destroy and pillage with impunity. Tyranny arrived in America. The nation's unsafe to live in. There's no place to hide. Anyone challenging injustice can be arrested, charged with supporting terrorism, and indefinitely imprisoned forever.

In response to Judge Forrest's ruling, administration officials appealed. They claimed she exceeded enjoining NDAA's section 1021. In a 38-page filing , they said her ruling:

"threatens irreparable harm to national security and the public interest by injecting added burdens and dangerous confusion into the conduct of military operations abroad during an active armed conflict."

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Forrest questioned how AUMF is interpreted. The 2001 authorization and NDAA's section 1021 aren't the same, she said. "They are not co-extensive. Military detention based on allegations of 'substantially supporting' or 'directly supporting" the Taliban, Al Qaeda, or associated forces, is not encompassed within the AUMF and is enjoined by this order regarding" NDAA.

Washington uses AUMF and other twisted legal interpretations to wage war on humanity. At issue also is giving Obama diktat authority to indefinitely detain or kill anyone he wishes with or without charges or trials.

Habeas and due process rights are null and void. So are all other constitutional rights. Obama effectively granted himself dictatorial powers. 

His minions overstepped by saying Forrest took "it upon (herself) to disagree with an interpretation of the military's detention authority that had previously been endorsed by all three branches of government." 

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"What is more, (she) expressly invites actions for contempt sanctions if the military exercises detention authority in a manner inconsistent with the court's deeply flawed understanding of that authority."

In June, she issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the statute she questions. While appealing her ruling, Obama officials didn't block it.

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Just trying to be helpful.  Great article, BT... by Don Caldarazzo on Saturday, Sep 22, 2012 at 11:16:17 AM
Americans, such as Judge Forrest, Chris Hedges, an... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Sep 22, 2012 at 11:24:23 AM
very well written. Chris Hedges has guts and he is... by Dorothy Przystas on Saturday, Sep 22, 2012 at 8:55:24 PM