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|Citing a threat to journalists and scholars, a judge on Wednesday struck down as unconstitutional a portion of a law giving the government wide powers to regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists.
U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said in a written ruling that a single page of the law has a 'chilling impact on First Amendment rights' for journalists and others. She cited testeimony by journalists that they feared their association with certain individuals overseas could result in their arrest because a provision of the law subjects anyone who 'substantially' or 'directly' provides 'support' to forces such as al-Qaida or the Taliban can be detained indefinitely. She said the wording was too vague and encouraged Congress to change it...