Court Turns Away Challenge to Anti-Terror Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to a law that permits the indefinite detention of people suspected of supporting terrorists.

The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that found a group of journalists, scholars and political activists had no standing to bring the case in the first place.

The plaintiffs, a group of U.S. citizens including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Christopher Hedges, say they fear they could end up being detained for interviewing members of al-Qaida and other groups the State Department has labeled terrorist organizations.

A federal judge found that the law was "unconstitutionally overbroad." But the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the plaintiffs had no grounds to sue because the law says nothing about the government's authority to detain U.S. citizens.

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