Another RICO?

Be careful for what you wish for.

Years ago, some lawyers warned that Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was written too broadly, but others were gung-ho to enact a law that would ensure that Mafia bosses would go to prison for racketeering.

Then the unthinkable happened.The Supreme Court started allowing people to be charged under this law for protests, political and civil.

Case in point: NOW v. Scheidler. Using RICO, the National Orgainzation for Women (NOW) sued a church in Florida for renting space to Operation Rescue. NOW and the church settled out of court. There were more such cases, but you get the point.

That was then, but now Americans face something a bit more ominous, if used. President Obama has signed a new law, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA), which allows the government to detain American "terrorists." This law also is written in very broad language. As Ben Johnson writes on, "The law allows the president to determine which groups may be considered terrorists without judicial or congressional oversight."

While Obama declares government officials won't misuse NDAA, we should remind him of what happens when laws are nothing more than vague power shifts.


Qui bono?
If this law was not intended to be used, then why was it created, voted on, passed, and signed??? If nobody "intends" to use it, what good is it? And, may I remind anyone foolish enough to have forgotten, Soetoro/Obama has made a multitude of promises AND, as often as not, has BROKEN his promises while the words were still coming out of his mouth! And we BELIEVE him when he says he won't use it???! "Not I, said the little red hen"!
take your pick
Probably a sizable dose of both, Kim.
Chronological snobbery or chronological hubris?
Precedents galore
History is replete with numerous, sorry examples of what happens when the state is given wide latitude in its exercise of power. It seems that this is the very thing our Founding Fathers fought against. But, as C. S. Lewis pointed out, our chronological snobbery is supposed to render us immune to folly; or so we think.

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