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Activists gathered at Thurgood Marshall Courthouse in New York City this morning to pack the courthouse. Today marks the appeals court date for Hedges v. Obama, a lawsuit challenging provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act. President Obama signed the NDAA in January, thus expanding the power of the federal government to indefinitely detain suspects of terrorism.
Stop NDAA dot org provides some history on the case:
“In a nation where a number of laws passed since 9/11 have steadily undermined Constitutional protections, the 2012 NDAA has gone too far. Key provisions in this law contain language that is both over-broad and vague. We believe this vague language leaves many people, including journalists, war correspondents, out-spoken activists and serious critics of US government foreign policy in real danger of harm and a fundamental loss of constitutionally guaranteed rights. We sued – and a federal judge agreed with us!
The Lawsuit: Our challenge concerns Section 1021 of the NDAA. This provision includes undefined terms such as “associated forces” and “substantial support” – terms that government attorneys refused to clarify during our hearing on March 29, 2012. President Obama’s signing statement declaring that indefinite detention will not be applied to US citizens is essentially meaningless. The right of the US government to detain anyone, anywhere without charge until “the end of hostilities” is now codified into law.
This is a nonpartisan lawsuit. Defendants in this suit include President Obama, Leon Panetta and six members of Congress (see our filing here ). Plaintiffs include journalists, professors, whistle-blowers, a Parliamentarian and several rights activists, all of whom have reason to feel we are in imminent danger under the NDAA.”
Check out live footage from this morning’s action here.
British lawmakers voted in favor of legislation allowing gay marriage yesterday, according to the Agence France-Presse.
And speaking of new rights, Paris has finally overturned a 200-year-old law forbidding women to wear trousers. This law dates back to 1800 and was originally imposed to keep women out of certain jobs, according to a report from Al Jazeera.
IN OTHER NEWS
The Pentagon has decided to extend new benefits to the spouses of gay personnel, according to an article in The Washington Post.
Meanwhile, today The Boy Scouts of America postponed their decision on lifting the ban on gay members and leaders until at least May, according to The Raw Story.
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