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.