A condition of the Patriot Act that forbids providing aid to groups loosely defined by the government as terrorist organizations has been ruled
unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins stating the provision is too vague to enforce and violates the Constitution’s First and Fifth
In the first ruling to strike down part of the Patriot Act, U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins in Los Angeles said the provision is too vague to
enforce and violates the Constitution’s First and Fifth Amendments, which protect freedom of speech and defendants from self-incrimination,
“The USA Patriot Act places no limitation on the type of expert advice and assistance which is prohibited and instead bans all expert advice and
assistance regardless of its nature,” said the ruling released Jan. 26.
The Justice Department said the ruling is being reviewed.