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Score One for Hedges v. Obama
A small victory in a long battle.
by Stephen Lendman
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong called his Apollo 11 landing "one step for man, a giant leap for mankind."
Hedges v. Obama perhaps reflects a baby step, if temporary, for justice.
On September 12, Southern District of New York federal Judge Katherine B. Forrest blocked Obama's indefinite detention law.
In her 112-page ruling, she called it "facially unconstitutional: it impermissibly impinges on guaranteed First Amendment rights and lacks sufficient definitional structure and protections to meet the requirements of due process."
She added that:
"If, following issuance of this permanent injunctive relief, the government detains individuals under theories of "substantially or directly supporting' associated forces, as set forth in" the National Defense Authorization Act, "and a contempt action is brought before this court, the government will bear a heavy burden indeed."
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