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New York judge blocked NDAA's Indefinite Detention provision

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    A New York judge struck down a portion of the 2011 NDAA law giving the government wide powers to regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists, saying it left journalists, scholars and political activists facing the prospect of indefinite detention for exercising First Amendment rights.

    U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said in a written ruling that a single page of the law has a "chilling impact on First Amendment rights." She cited testimony by journalists that they feared their association with certain individuals overseas could result in their arrest because a provision of the law subjects to indefinite detention anyone who "substantially" or "directly" provides "support" to forces such as al-Qaida or the Taliban. She said the wording was too vague and encouraged Congress to change it.

    "An individual could run the risk of substantially supporting or directly supporting an associated force without even being aware that he or she was doing so," the judge said.

    Thank you.  Really glad to see that local courts can actually block the section of this legislation that allows such vague and wide spread power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens.  This NDAA nonsense really worried me when it passed at the very beginning of this year. 

    Anyone else as relieved by this as I am?