In one of the most ostrich-in-the-sand dissent in American history, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer articulates how liberals live in their own fantasy world. The case decided today by a 6-3 majority (thank God!) “upheld the constitutionality of a federal law that makes it illegal to teach members of a foreign terrorist group how to use peaceful means to pursue political goals.” This was part of the USA Patriot Act.
Here is what Justice Breyer said in his from-the-bench-audible dissent (via SCOTUSblog):
Breyer’s opinion argued that the majority’s requirement for “coordination” of speech activity with a terrorist group was not a limitation in any real sense. “There is no practical way,” he wrote, “to organize classes for a group (say, wishing to learn about human rights law) without ‘coordination.’ “ Moreover, the dissent said, the Court had accepted the government argument that even support for a group’s peaceful aims could help “legitimate” that group, and thus further its violent acts, too. “Once one accepts this argument, there is no natural stopping place,” Breyer concluded.
Breyer was joined in the dissent by (not surprisingly) Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor.
Breyer said that the majority’s broad reading of the statute raises “grave” doubt about its constitutionality.
“… I would read the statute as criminalizing First-Amendment-protected pure speech and association only when the defendant knows or intends that those activities will assist the organization’s unlawful terrorist actions,” Justice Breyer wrote.
Now these three are insane because they trust that a terrorist organization will separate funds, advice and other material goods from their advocacy arm. WTF? This on the face of it is sheer madness. If an organization is deemed a terror group by The State Department — the quickest way to receive humanitarian aid is to STOP and RENOUNCE TERROR ACTIVITIES. Then the US will take you off the list, and the bleeding heart liberals can give you all the damn advocacy support you want.
So the three dissenters either think coordination is okay for the safety of We, The People… or they think that terror groups will put up firewalls in their Terror, Inc. operations. Either conclusion is completely devoid from reality.
Luckily, Chief Justice Roberts brings sanity (and the majority vote) with his opinion:
Roberts quoted a congressional finding in support of his broad reading of the statute: “[F]oreign organizations that engage in terrorist activity are so tainted by their criminal conduct that any contribution to such an organization facilitates that conduct.”
I am finding it increasingly hard to debate and discuss with Progressive Liberals who live in a world that solely exists in their mind and Starbuck-dotted neighborhoods.
Unicorns are not an effective anti-terror strategy. What is truly frightening is that three members of SCOTUS, the President and the Congressional leadership all are Unicornists.