Indefinite detention ruling backed by civil liberties groups
Civil liberties groups are asking the Obama administration to stand down and give up defending America's law allowing the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects after a judge Wednesday issued a permanent injunction against it.
The indefinite detention law -- contained in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 -- codified the post-9/11 practice of having the military jail suspects, including Americans, and hold them without trial.
Federal Judge Katherine Forrest reaffirmed on Wednesday her May ruling that the provision was unconstitutional, and made the ruling permanent. She had previously found that the law could be used to imprison activists and journalists without trial, noting that it does not define what it means to substantially "support" Al Qaeda or "associated" forces.
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