Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Judge Collins hands terrorists another win

The legal activist group that has been litigating on behalf of terrorists has won another major court victory, thanks once again to US District Judge Audrey Collins.

In a 45-page judgment, Collins reversed her tentative July decision and handed the terrorists another win, ruling that the President does not have the right to identify "specially designated global terrorists" and seize their assets.

"This law [to seize terrorist assets] gave the president unfettered authority to create blacklists," CCR lawyer David Cole tells the Associated Press. "It was reminiscent of the McCarthy era."

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which specializes in legal support for terrorists and spies, sponsored the litigation. CCR leader Michael Ratner won the US Supreme Court case to extend constitutional rights to the terrorist detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Most recently, Ratner was in Berlin with disgraced former Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, who was responsible for the Abu Ghraib scandal. Karpinski stood with Ratner on foreign soil to announce that she would be witness in a German legal case alleging that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is a war criminal. (See post below.)

Judge Collins is a favorite go-to girl for the circuit-shopping terrorist supporters. In 2004 and 2005, she struck down sections of the USA Patriot Act.