NDAA Lawsuit Panel Tonight

Published August 2, 2012

The plaintiffs filing a lawsuit against the US government over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, will be hosting an open panel tonight, taking questions from the general public.
As reported, the legal challenge, being made in a Manhattan court, is being filed by numerous journalists and activists who contend that the language of the bill is too vague. While the bill itself is supposedly aimed at terrorists and their supporters, the plaintiffs contend that the definition of “supporters of terrorism” is broad enough to include peaceful activist groups, and could intimidate journalists into not getting anywhere near someone the NDAA could define as a terrorist or terrorist supporter.
Birgitta is among the plaintiffs in the case, and has been an outspoken opponent of the law. As she told the Guardian last March, “[The NDAA] provisions create a greater sense of fear since now the federal government will have a tool with which to incarcerate me outside of the normal requirements of the criminal law. Because of this change in the legal situation, I am now no longer able to travel to the US for fear of being taken into custody as as having ‘substantially supported’ groups that are considered as either terrorist groups or their associates.”
Judge Katherine Forrest put a temporary restraining order on the provision last May, and the US government is expected to appeal. This could mean the case could go to the US Supreme Court. Tonight, at 18:00 EST (23:00 GMT, or 22:00 Icelandic time), the plaintiffs will be hosting an open panel discussion on the lawsuit. All are welcome to attend the panel, which will be streaming live here.
Both plaintiffs and defendants will be going before Judge Forrest on August 7 for a final hearing.



News
Russians Happiest With Their Visits To Iceland

Russians Happiest With Their Visits To Iceland

by

Russian tourists expressed the highest level of satisfaction with their visit to Iceland, while Japanese tourists were the least impressed,

News
Pig Farms Make Some Improvements

Pig Farms Make Some Improvements

by

Icelandic pig farms have reportedly made a number of significant improvements to the conditions in which pigs live, but there

News
Icelandic Secondary School Switches To “Genderless” Bathrooms

Icelandic Secondary School Switches To “Genderless” Bathrooms

by

The secondary school Verzlunarskóla Íslands, following a proposal from the school’s Feminist Society, has done away with labeling their bathrooms

News
Icelandair Investigating Mysterious Upswing In Crew Illnesses

Icelandair Investigating Mysterious Upswing In Crew Illnesses

by

Icelandair is currently actively investigating what could be causing the recent increase in crew member illnesses, including a thorough examination

News
Iranian Asylum Seeker To Be Deported In Two Weeks

Iranian Asylum Seeker To Be Deported In Two Weeks

by

Iranian asylum seeker Morteza Songolzadeh learned today that he will be deported from Iceland. “Honestly I was not expecting this,”

News
Pokémon Go Trainers Damaging Botanical Gardens

Pokémon Go Trainers Damaging Botanical Gardens

by

The Akureyri Botanical Gardens have been experiencing significant damages lately from unwanted guests who trespass on the grounds playing Pokémon

Show Me More!