Civil Liberties

Feds Want Indefinite Detention Ruling Overturned

The White House wants its arbitrary power back


The Obama administration on Monday demanded a federal appeals court immediately halt a ruling blocking legislation authorizing the government to indefinitely detain without trial individuals, including U.S. citizens, who are deemed to "substantially support" groups "engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners."

The government called the lower court's ruling "dangerous" and a threat to national security. The court found the rule to be unconstitutional as it was so vague it could apply to U.S. citizens and journalists exercising their constitutional rights.