Federal judge rules Patriot Act still too vague

[JURIST] In California, US District Judge Audrey Collins ruled Friday that the provision of the USA Patriot Act that forbids "assistance" to known terrorist organizations continues to be overly vague, in violation of her 2004 ruling on the same provision [text, PDF]. The lawsuit was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights, who was concerned about the possibility that the Act could theoretically be used to punish humanitarian aid workers in Sri Lanka or Turkey. The ruling did uphold the government's ban on providing "personnel" to terrorist organizations, finding that the definition of "personnel" was clear from other law. AP has more.

 

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