A federal judge has issued a disturbing ruling allowing the FBI to evade public accountability for infiltrating faith institutions. The decision enables ongoing constitutional violations by the executive branch while, at the same time, eroding judicial independence.
"Operation Flex" was a fishing expedition that targeted people because of their religion. But we'll never be allowed to know whether the FBI violated the Constitution when they authorized it because it would require the disclosure of state secrets.
The ruling delivered last Wednesday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of five men subjected to "extraordinary rendition" and torture, is so troubling it takes a while to digest.
Just over two weeks ago, FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was finally allowed to speak about much of what the Bush Administration spent years trying to keep her from discussing publicly.