Tuesday, August 21, 2007

"State secrets"

via CNet news:

President Bush and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have expanded [the "state secrets" privilege] to throw out a lawsuit (PDF) saying that AT&T illegally opened its network to the National Security Agency. Their arguments rest on the principle that even if the president is breaking the law, he can get away with it as long as he invokes national security. Courts would be demoted to a clerical role of noting that the "state secrets" privilege has been invoked and dismissing the case post-haste.

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