Judge Tosses Part of Bush Terror Order

U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins (Los Angeles) issued a 55 page ruling today declaring part of an order by President Bush allowing the seizure of funds by associates of alleged terror groups to be unconsitutional.

U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins found that part of the law, signed by Bush on September 23, 2001 and used to freeze the assets of terrorist organizations, violated the Constitution because it put no apparent limit on the president's powers to place groups on that list.

Ruling in a lawsuit brought against the Treasury Department in 2005 by the Center for Constitutional Rights, Collins also threw out a portion of Bush's order which applied the law to those who associate with the designated organizations.

In a nutshell,

"This law gave the president unfettered authority to create blacklists, an authority president Bush then used to empower the Secretary of the Treasury to impose guilt by association," said David Cole of the Washington-based Center for Constitutional Rights.

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    Buh-buh-buh-but CLINTON appointed... (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by Bill Arnett on Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 01:09:17 PM EST
    ...her, so its no wonder a liberal activist judge did this!

    THERE. NOW ALL THE TROLLS DON'T HAVE TO SAY IT. This blanket condemnation of a liberal judge appointed by President Clinton is provided as a free service and a courtesy in order to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in all trolls. You are welcome.

    Not the 1st Time Collins ruled (none / 0) (#1)
    by Molly Bloom on Tue Nov 28, 2006 at 09:58:14 PM EST
    against the Bush Administratin.

    See Federal Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act