In a surprising bit of good news a Federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that part of the Patriot Act that bars giving expert advice or assistance to groups designated as foreign terrorist organizations is too vague and has ruled it an unconstitutional restriction of free speech.
The judge’s ruling said the law, as written, does not differentiate between impermissible advice on violence and encouraging the use of peaceful, nonviolent means to achieve goals.
“The USA Patriot Act places no limitation on the type of expert advice and assistance which is prohibited and instead bans the provision of all expert advice and assistance regardless of its nature,” the judge said.
Cole declared the ruling “a victory for everyone who believes the war on terrorism ought to be fought consistent with constitutional principles.”
Now if we can just get the rest of it ruled as unconstitutional we’ll be headed back onto the right track.