More than 60 people have been injured in violent confrontations between Palestinians and the Israeli army in the West Bank, a Palestinian humanitarian group said. Demonstrators were calling for the release of four Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strikes.
After a court hearing over the 2012 NDAA in Manhattan on Wednesday, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges appeared on a panel of activists who are suing the Obama administration over its attempt to claim the right to indefinitely hold U.S. citizens in military detention.
The provision about holding suspects indefinitely and without charges had generated plenty of controversy, particularly about whether U.S. citizens could be detained in that manner. This year, the Senate bill says that citizens can’t be detained in the U.S. but concerns remain about the scope of detention powers.
“The federal government experimented with indefinite detention of United States citizens during World War II, a mistake we now recognize as a betrayal of our core values,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Wednesday as she introduced an amendment to end the provision. “Let’s not repeat it.”
The U.S. government formally values the human right to be free from indefinite detention without charge, except in certain cases such as when the practice is useful for securing its own interests in Afghanistan and Iraq, writes Glenn Greenwald.
An appeals court Tuesday extended a temporary stay of a judge’s order prohibiting the Obama administration’s controversial efforts to put any U.S. citizen the government deems a terrorism suspect behind bars indefinitely without being charged or tried.
U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest did the right thing for the second time in four months when she permanently affirmed an earlier ruling that blocked a statute giving the government detention powers that could put journalists and activists behind bars.
A federal appeals court judge placed an emergency stay Monday on a lower court’s ruling against the indefinite detention provision of the National Defense Authorization Act, meaning the government has again made clear its intent to abolish trials for anyone it considers a suspect of terrorism.
A federal judge Wednesday issued an injunction against a National Defense Authorization Act provision that grants the military the right to detain anyone it suspects of involvement in terrorism. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled in favor of a group of plaintiffs, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, who filed a lawsuit against the legislation within weeks of President Obama signing it.