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A sad day for the First Amendment

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Dear Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas and Alito:

My office is just a few miles up the street from yours. Before you issue such a First Amendment-shredding opinion as Holder, et al. v. Humanitarian Law Project, et al., 561 U.S. ___ (June 21, 2010), please give me a ring for my free input before wreaking such devastating damage to the First Amendment. Under Humanitarian Law Project, the State Department gets nearly unfettered free reign in classifying which organizations are terrorist ones (as if it were as easy to define an organization as terrorist versus an individual person as one, which it is not) and thereby to make it a criminal act even for me or anyone else to teach some of its members how to teach others how to assert such basic rights as to seek redress for grievances before the United Nations, or for me to teach them how to change a lightbulb. 

Dear Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor: 

You all rock and roll for your dissent in Humanitarian Law Project. I am sending you all good karma to continue on a similar path with every decision you make on cert. petitions, stay applications, and cases orally argued before the Court.