Tuesday, November 28, 2006

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.


Blogger Fat Man said...

WTF? Do we have any federal judges with a lick of sense?

11/29/2006 12:20:00 AM  
Blogger allen said...

robert schwartz,

Yes, but generally not Clinton and Carter appointees. Take heart, this dimwit pulled much the same stunt in '04 and '05. She was overridden.

Can the SCOTUS bar this judge from hearing cases, or must she be impeached and tried - a long, long shot at removal?

11/29/2006 02:08:00 AM  
Blogger Tarnsman said...

Sorry, allen. She's there for life unless she retires, is found mental incompetent, or is found with a dead body in her bed. The beauty of lifetime appointments to the federal bench.

11/29/2006 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Incompetence? This ruling fits the bill.

11/29/2006 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger Andrewdb said...

Now we have access to the Soviet archives, we know there really were reds in the US Government - so maybe this really is like the McCarthy Era, in that we actually have another very real threat facing us.

11/29/2006 03:06:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

This is the same (Clinton-appointed) bimbo as who tried to rule the Patriot Act unconstitutional in January 2004. In September 2004, amid much guffawing and laughter about her incompetence, the Eleventh Circuit Court overturned her initial ruling.

It was acknowledged at the time that she's liberal to the point of barking moonbattedness, however, as has been noted, once name a judge it's VERY hard to dislodge them.

I anticipate this latest ruling by Madam Dingbat will also be over-ruled and over-turned, and then maybe someone will tell her that her red-faced embarrassment is not a good fashion statement and she should just knock it off in the future, and quit being such an idjut ... in public any way.

11/29/2006 03:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there were ever a case for strict, non-renewable, term limits for federal judges, this nutcase is it. Regrettably, that is not yet the case. So let me make an alternate suggestion: FIRE HER! Fire. Dismiss. Can. Give the sack. Eliminate the position. Whatever. In few other areas of endeavor can persistent idiocy, mendacity, incompetence, arrogance, and just plain silly behaviour get rewarded with a lifetime of overly-generous paychecks, effective immunity from dismissal, and high sounding titles. Enough of this nonsense. The Congress has - though rarely uses - the power of impeachment and removal. Thereby rendering our supposed system of checks and balances out of kilter. FIRE this bimbo, and do it quickly.

11/29/2006 06:04:00 PM  

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