Appeals Court Restores NDAA Provision on Indefinite Detention

An appeals court has overturned a federal judge’s recent decision to block a controversial statute that gave the government the power to carry out indefinite detention. Last month, Judge Katherine Forrest struck down a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, authorizing the imprisonment of anyone deemed a terrorism suspect anywhere in the world without charge or trial. A group of journalists, scholars and political activists had brought the case, arguing the provision was so broad it could easily infringe on freedom of speech. But on Tuesday, a three-judge panel overruled the decision, granting the Obama administration a temporary stay.

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