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Feel Free to Move About the Cabin, Comrade

March 30th, 2014 - 8:02 am

Seven years and $3.5 million in legal fees later:

A hearing in federal court Tuesday has apparently marked the conclusion of a drawn-out, costly, and, to use the judge’s own term, “Kafkaesque” legal battle over the government no-fly list. Malaysian college professor Rahinah Ibrahim sued the government back in 2006, after Dr. Ibrahim’s name mistakenly ended up on a federal government no-fly list.

Last month, US District Judge William Alsup ruled that Ibrahim must be removed from the government’s various watchlists. At Tuesday’s hearing, a Department of Justice lawyer said that the government did not intend to appeal the ruling. The ruling in Ibrahim v. DHS calls into question the government’s administration of its controversial no-fly list as well as other terrorist watch lists, but it leaves no clear roadmap for other people wrongly placed on such lists.

Ibrahim’s pro bono attorney, Elizabeth Pipkin, has asked for the government to pay more than $3.5 million to cover her legal fees and costs. Alsup didn’t rule on that motion, but said that the issue was “not easy,” while indicating that Pipkin is unlikely to be entitled to such a large payout.

DHS has been the world’s least funny and most expensive joke since Day One. End it.

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Pro bono, and she wants $3.5M for fees?
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DHS has been the world’s least funny and most expensive joke since Day One.

Obamacare, a close contender.
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I disagree. Obamacare has and will cost a lot more, and will ruin the lives of many more people than DHS could ever hope to.

They both need to go. Along with just about every other three-letter bureaucracy we have.
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obama, himself, methinks.
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