Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Why did the Justice Department under Obama attorney general Eric Holder decide to adopt the scandalous Bush argument that "state secrets" prevent a plaintiff from suing and recovering damages suffered when he was transported and rendered to a third country (Morocco) which then proceeded to torture him?

Yesterday even the judges on the panel of the Ninth Circuit seemed perplexed and surprised by the Obama government move.

There should be hardly any state secrets. If information is embarrassing to the government for what it would show about policy under Bush and Cheney, it should come out and not be hidden under "state secrets." Otherwise the government can get away with anything it likes, no matter how offensive to the rule of law, because it can always conceal its mistakes under "state secrets."

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