September 17, 2012
Saying its military operations against al-Qaida and the Taliban were threatened, the Justice Department asked a federal appeals court Monday to immediately block a judge’s ruling that an anti-terrorism law authorizing indefinite detention of those who support terrorist groups was unconstitutional.
Government lawyers filed papers with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan asking that the ruling by U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest be suspended until an appeals panel can consider the government’s complaints. It said the judge had a “deeply flawed” understanding of the military’s detention authority, which had been endorsed by all three branches of government.