Walking on eggs
Fox carries this report. U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins ruled the Presidential designation of the Liberation Tigers and Partiya Karkeran Kurdistan as terrorist groups was was unconstitutional and vague. "This law gave the president unfettered authority to create blacklists," said David Cole, a lawyer for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Constitutional Rights that represented the group. "It was reminiscent of the McCarthy era."
Counterterrorism (as opposed to counterterror) is a very difficult operation within a democratic space. A lot of critics have denounced "catch and release" in Iraq and "secret prisons" in the same breath. The Collins ruling is reminder that nothing is easy. Just wondering though. If the Liberation Tigers, aka Tamil Tigers can't be designated a terror group, then what group can? In restrospect there was a lot to be said for the proposal, articulated on September 12, 2001 mostly by the Left, that the nation needed to go through a period of "healing", holding hands and touching. After which we could all get over it make amends to those who attacked us and make soup. Too bad people in Sri Lanka don't have the option.