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We’ve Only Just Begun to Resist Indefinite Detention

by Mike Maharrey,

In a recent column, Chris Hedges argued that his appeal to the Supreme Court will be “the last chance” to stop indefinite detention under the National Defense Authorization Act.

Sadly, history indicates his last stand will likely fail.

Hedges and his fellow plaintiffs put their faith in a branch of the federal government to limit the powers of the federal government.

This almost never happens.

Surprisingly, Hedges won a victory in round one against federal kidnapping when district Judge Katherine Forrest granted a permanent injunction on enforcement of section 1021(b)(2) of the NDAA. The judge ruled that overbroad language allowed for detention of those engaging in constitutionally protected free speech. She also said detention provisions deny prospective detainees basic due process rights.

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