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US anti-terrorism law curbs free speech and activist work, court told

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A group political activists and journalists has launched a legal challenge to stop an American law they say allows the US military to arrest civilians anywhere in the world and detain them without trial as accused supporters of terrorism. The seven figures, who include ex-New York Times reporter Chris Hedges, professor Noam Chomsky and Icelandic politician and WikiLeaks campaigner Birgitta Jonsdottir, testified to a Manhattan judge that the law -- dubbed the NDAA or Homeland Battlefield Bill -- would cripple free speech around the world.

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