Illinois State Terrorism Law’s Constitutionality Challenged by Lawyers for NATO 3

By: Friday January 25, 2013 5:05 pm

Three Occupy activists known as the “NATO 3,” who came to Chicago to protest at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit last May and were arrested and later indicted on terrorism charges, are challenging the constitutionality of an untested Illinois anti-terrorism statute under which they were charged. Lawyers submitted a motion in court today asserting the [...]

Closing Guantanamo Prison More Difficult After Obama Signs NDAA

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 11:27 am

President Barack Obama signed the intelligence authorization bill—the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Included in the bill were restrictions that would make it harder for his administration to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison and the Bagram prison in Afghanistan. Human rights groups, which had opposed the restrictions and urged the president to veto the [...]

In Lawsuit, GOP Senators Want to Help Obama Administration Preserve Military Indefinite Detention Powers

By: Thursday December 27, 2012 10:36 am

Senators from the Republican Party have asked a federal appeals court to permit them to participate in oral argument in a lawsuit against the indefinite detention provision of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Through their lawyers, according to Josh Gerstein of POLITICO, they filed a motion requesting ten minutes to give a presentation on [...]

Indefinite Military Detention Powers and the Death of the Feinstein Amendment

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 6:16 pm

Lawyers involved in bringing a lawsuit against an indefinite detention provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) have expressed outrage over a Congressional conference committee decision to remove an amendment offered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein that she thought would ban the indefinite detention of US citizens. Michael B. Kelley for Business Insider reports [...]

The 2013 NDAA & Obama’s Expansion of Indefinite Military Detention Powers

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 12:05 pm

UPDATE – 9:10 PM EST Josh Gerstein of POLITICO reports the Feinstein Amendment has been dropped: Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) announced the removal of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s indefinite detention amendment Tuesday afternoon as he described the results of a House-Senate conference on the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. “The language of the [...]

Feinstein Amendment Further Entrenches Power of Military Indefinite Detention

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 6:14 pm

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has put forward a flawed and dangerous amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. It passed on Thursday and purportedly aimed to prevent United States citizens from being detained indefinitely by the military. What it did was further entrench the power of military indefinite detention and make it more likely [...]

Court Stays Permanent Injunction Against Indefinite Detention Provision

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 7:16 pm

(update below) A three-judge motions panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit issued a permanent stay against a permanent injunction a federal judge had issued to block a provision of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed last year, which granted the military the power to indefinitely detain people suspected [...]

Lawsuit Against NSA Warrantless Wiretapping Heads to Supreme Court

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 5:27 pm

A law that legalized warrantless wiretapping conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA) will be argued at the United States Supreme Court in October. The lawsuit will be heard by the Supreme Court in October. The law—the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FAA)—is already on its way to being reauthorized by Congress, since the House [...]

Government’s Request for Stay in NDAA Lawsuit Shows Smug Arrogance of Executive Power

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 12:57 pm

A federal appeals court judge granted the government a stay against a federal judge’s ruling permanently enjoining a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed last year and granted the military the legal authority to indefinitely detain persons. Lawyers from the Justice Department under Obama argued they needed an emergency stay because [...]

Unmoved by Ruling, Obama Appeals Permanent Injunction Against Indefinite Detention Provision in NDAA (VIDEO)

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 8:32 pm

“The president strongly believes that to detain American citizens in military custody infinitely without trial, would be a break with our traditions and values as a nation, and wants to make sure that any type of authorization coming from congress, complies with our Constitution, our rules of war and any applicable laws.” Those were the [...]

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