Judge Invokes Alice in Wonderland in Denying NYT and ACLU Targeted Killing FOIAs

“YOU’D better not talk!’ said Five. ‘I heard the Queen say only yesterday you deserved to be beheaded!’

‘What for?’ said the one who had spoken first.

‘That’s none of YOUR business, Two!’ said Seven.


‘And who are THESE?’ said the Queen, pointing to the three gardeners who were lying round the rosetree; for, you see, as they were lying on their faces, and the pattern on their backs was the same as the rest of the pack, she could not tell whether they were gardeners, or soldiers, or courtiers, or three of her own children.

‘How should I know?’ said Alice, surprised at her own courage. ‘It’s no business of MINE.’

The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, screamed ‘Off with her head! Off—’

Alice in Wonderland


The Alice-in-Wonderland nature of this pronouncement is not lost on me; but after careful consideration, I find myself stuck in a paradoxical situation in which I cannot solve a problem because of contradictory constraints and rules–a veritable Catch-22. I can find no way around the thicket of laws and precedents that effectively allow the Executive Branch of our Government to proclaim as perfectly lawful certain actions that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws, while keeping reasons for their conclusion a secret.

Judge Colleen McMahon’s decision denying ACLU and NYT FOIA for targeted killing rationale NYT already published and government repeatedly discussed



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emptywheel @DailyCReed89 LOL. You're being a racist ass. I said nothing of the sort. Just that you're inventing shit to be a racist.
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emptywheel @DailyCReed89 THE RACIAL FACTOR? You mean your racial factor?
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emptywheel @LandJohnston Ah, you are correct. @RobElgasABC7
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emptywheel That was a quick $1.5M. Did some rich sugar daddy bail him? https://t.co/RbBOCnCcmP
emptywheel @firetomfriedman Right. Gone to shit with him gone. It's almost as inadequate for a great city as NYC's airports.
emptywheel @0xjared Yup. The guy who set out to kill FISA even before 9/11 and then took advantage. Nice fella.
emptywheel RT @JasonLeopold: FBI, which finger am I holding up? https://t.co/f1rI22gIL3
emptywheel @firetomfriedman I keep saying NYT's food writing sucks ass. Besides, if you're talking winter veg why not kohlrabi instead of cauliflower?
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