|Judge Katherine Forrest: the answer|
to the question, "Is there anyone left
out there with integrity and guts?"
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.