Good News, Bad News in Federal Rulings

The Good News is that the ACLU has won its case before Anna Brown in re: the Constitutionality of the mysterious, un-auditable, un-checkable “no-fly” list. I’m sure the gummit will appeal, but don’t look for many judges to be swayed by their utter bullshit argument.

On the other hand, there’s the Bad News, regarding the terrorism case against Adel Daoud. Daoud was caught up in one on the FBI’s many “let’s invent a terror scheme and arrest an idiot!” plans. Daoud’s lawyers have, sensibly, insisted on seeing some of the evidence against their client — specifically, that which was obtained via FISA and which supposedly establishes Daoud (a clearly not-terribly bright high school student) as the agent of a foreign power. The Feds refused, saying it was classified.

Think on that for a minute.

Well, it gets worse, because the judge sided with the Feds. It’s a giant due process problem that we can only hope will be overturned on appeal.

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