Court: Give me one.
Government: I'm not in a position to give one specific example.
The Court then asked: What does "directly supported' mean?
Government: We have not said anything about that in our brief.
Court: What do you think it means?
Government: . . . Your Honor, we had focused so much on the phrase that was challenged by the plaintiffs, "substantial support' that I have not thought through exactly and we have not come to a position on what "direct support' and what that means.
The Court then asked: "Assume you were just an American citizen and you're reading the statute and you wanted to make sure you do not run afoul of it because you are a diligent U.S. citizen wanting to stay on the right side of -1021, and you read the phrase "directly supported'. What does that mean to you?"
Government: Again it has to be taken in the context of armed conflict informed by the laws of war.
Court: That's fine. Tell me what that means?