Hey, maybe they won't get to send us to the camps after all!
A federal judge struck down President Bush's authority to designate groups as terrorists, saying his post-Sept. 11 executive order was unconstitutional and vague, according to a ruling released Tuesday.
Detail on the ruling:
The judge's 45-page ruling was a reversal of her own tentative findings last July in which she indicated she would uphold wide powers asserted by Bush under an anti-terror financing law. She delayed her ruling then to allow more legal briefs to be filed.
She also struck down the provision in which Bush had authorized the secretary of the treasury to designate anyone who "assists, sponsors or provides services to" or is "otherwise associated with" a designated group.
However, she let stand sections of the order that penalize those who provide "services" to designated terrorist groups. She said such services would include the humanitarian aid and rights training proposed by the plaintiffs.
The Humanitarian Law Project planned to appeal that part of the ruling, Cole said.
Note that such vague language--here, "otherwise associated with", and there "affiliate","support"--drove us crazy in the McCain Pro-Torture and Incumbent Protection Enabling Act (the MCA), since it gave Bush (and/or Rumsfeld) unfettered discretion to determine what "enemy combatant" meant, and could be extended to US citizens.
And since liberals and Democrats are designated "enemies of the state" by the criminal Bush regime, that gave rise to some concern.
So we can hope that the MCA will be declared unconstitutional as well.
NOTE Hey, I don't get it. Everything comes down to Bush's gut, so how can that be vague? What's vague about waiting for The Decider to decide?