LOS ANGELES - 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.Of course this has driven the tyranny loving wingnuts mad. Anyone who supports the Constitution over the world of their "feerless leeder" is a terrorist sympathizer. Of course this judge has supported the Constitution before and yes, she's one of those dreaded Clinton appointees.
Some parts of the Sept. 24, 2001 order tagging 27 groups and individuals as "specially designated global terrorists" were too vague and could impinge on First Amendment rights of free association, U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins said.
The order gave the president "unfettered discretion" to label groups without giving them a way to challenge the designations, she said in a Nov. 21 ruling that was made public Tuesday.
The judge, who two years ago invalidated portions of the U.S. Patriot Act, rejected several sections of Bush's Executive Order 13224 and enjoined the government from blocking the assets of two foreign groups.
If Judge Audrey Collins' decision is overturned by a higher court there is a plus side. A future Democratic President could declare the Project for a New American Century and Focus on the Family terrorist organizations.