Judicial quote of the day

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 the reasons for their conclusion a secret.

— Federal Judge Colleen McMahon, in her decision concluding that the Federal government need not disclose a memorandum justifying the drone strike killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011.

The full text of the decision is available here.