Thursday, June 7, 2012

Not just "No!" but "Hell, NO!": Judge Katherine Forrest refuses to back down on indefinite detention

Judge Katherine Forrest: the answer
to the question, "Is there anyone left
out there with integrity and guts?"
So far Judge Katherine Forrest of New York has done considerably more than, say, Delaware's gutless Congressional delegation, to resist Federal detention of American citizens approved in the recent NDAA of 2012.

She had already ruled, in response to a suit brought by Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, and Chris Hedges, against indefinite detention.

The Feds then came back with three counter-arguments:

1.  (whining) We haven't detained any of these men yet, so they have no standing to bring suit.

2. (posturing) How dare you tie the President's hands in wartime?

3. (spinning) OK, but this only applies to these three guys, right?  We can still do what we want to anybody else.

Forrest removed all doubt in yesterday's eight-page order, as the New York Times reports:

But on Wednesday, Judge Forrest said that her order still stood — and that, contrary to the government’s narrow interpretation of it, her injunction applied broadly and not just to the named plaintiffs.
“Put more bluntly, the May 16 order enjoined enforcement of Section 1021(b)(2) against anyone until further action by this, or a higher, court — or by Congress,” she wrote. “This order should eliminate any doubt as to the May 16 order’s scope.”

It is amazing the near-complete lack of attention this order has drawn from the MSM, especially in an election year.

Or maybe that's the point.


Andrew R Groff said...

Judge Forrest is a true, freedom-loving American of the highest order. Her courageous stand against executive tyranny, and steadfast devotion to our constitutional rights is to be commended and supported. I have chosen to run for US Senate for these very reasons. Judge Forrest is a here and role model for us all.

delacrat said...


You have my vote.


Hank Foresman said...

Wow, I wonder how Barrack feels about appointing her to the District Court.

Dana Garrett said...

I wonder how many wingnuts hate this order simply because people like Chomsky are the plaintiffs.