The "Unlawful Combatant/Terrorists Are Really Civil-Lawbreakers" asininity is Holder picking a fight with the GWB Administration--not to mention the 9/11 Survivors' groups and, for that matter, the intel and military communities.
But that's mere playground antics compared to his picking a fight with Congress.
The Holder Justice Department has concluded that the Obama administration can lawfully pay Acorn [sic] for services provided under contracts signed before Congress banned the government from providing money to the group. Here is the Office of Legal Counsel memo reaching this conclusion.
OLC analysis is tortured. Congress stated: "None of the funds made available by this Joint Resolution or any prior Act may be provided to ACORN. . ." On its face, this looks like a blanket prohibition against paying ACORN under any circumstances. However, OLC purports to find ambiguity in the term "provided to" and then opts for a meaning that does not bar "payments made pursuant to a binding contractual duty."
Umnnnhhh...the appropriators are in Congress, not in the AG's office.