U.S. District Court Blocks Enforcement of “Unconstitutional” 9/11 Executive Order

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Thursday, February 1, 2007
Bruce Zagaris
On November 27, 2006, a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles enjoined enforcement of two parts of Executive Order 13224 as impermissibly vague because they permit the President to unilaterally designate organizations as terrorist groups and broadly prohibit association with such groups. Executive Order 13224, signed by President Bush on September 23, 2001, has been criticized by civil society groups as overbroad and draconian. In the California case, the Humanitarian Law Project joined groups supporting the “lawful, nonviolaent activities” of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PPK) in Turkey and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), also known as the Tamil Tigers, in Sri Lanka. Both groups have been designated terrorist organizations by the U.S. government...[more]