NDAA Suit Argued In Federal Court in New York

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Plaintiff Chris Hedges outside federal courthouse, August 7, 2012. (Photo by Nick Pinto)

By Nick Pinto / Village Voice / August 8, 2012

The question being argued in federal court in Lower Manhattan yesterday boiled down to this: Is a law authorizing the indefinite military detention of American citizens with only the barest recourse to civil courts constitutional?

The lawsuit against the Obama administration was filed in January by seven journalists and activists, including Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Wolf, and Daniel Ellsberg. The suit challenges sections of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which authorize the armed forces to detain

“A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.”

The act would allow citizens to be detained in overseas military facilities like Guantanamo “until the end of hostilities.”

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