US Attorneys Refuse to Assure Judge That They Are Not Already Detaining Citizens Under NDAA
Tangerine Bolan, Daily Cloudt, 9 August 2012 (hat tip: NC)
The US government seems determined to have the power to do away with due process and Americans’ right to a trial.
Possibly they cannot tell the judge if they are detaining anyone is because they cannot remember who the detained versus who they ex-judicially blew up with a predator drone.I am one of the lead plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit against the National Defense Authorization Act, which gives the President the power to hold any US citizen anywhere for as long as he wants, without charge or trial. In May, following a March hearing, Judge Katherine Forrest issued an injunction against it; this week, in a final hearing in New York City, US government lawyers essentially asserted even more extreme powers – the power to entirely disregard the Judge and the law. Indeed, on Monday, August 6, Obama’s lawyers filed an appeal to the injunction – a profoundly important development that as of this writing has been scarcely reported.