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State Secrets Privilege

U.S. Uses State Secrets Law To Intervene In Iran-Related Lawsuit

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

(Adds response by lawyers for both sides in lawsuit, paragraph 5) By Emily Flitter NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) - The U....

Fazaga v. FBI: Eroding Democracy, in Two Dimensions at once

Shahid Buttar | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

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.

You Have the Right to Remain Spied on

Peter Bibring | Posted 08.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Peter Bibring

"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.

Supreme Court Won't Revive Torture Lawsuit

AP | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to revive a lawsuit challenging a controversial post-Sept. 11 CIA program that flew terrorism s...

By One Vote, U.S. Court OKs Torture and "Extraordinary Rendition"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

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.

Jason Linkins

White House Expands On Executive Powers Once Criticized By Obama, No Doubt To The Delight Of The Base

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As you may have heard, in these last eight weeks of the campaign season, the Democrats are going to be ramping up efforts to remind voters of how bad ...

Al Haramain: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

As legal experts mull over the long-term implications of last week's court decision declaring illegal the program of warrantless surveillance by the G...

Court Ruling Highlights Need for New State Secrets Law

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that the NSA's warrantless wiretapping of an Islamic charity and its lawyers during the Bush administration had violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

New Justice Department Policy Signals Hope for Justice in Vieques

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Dropping the sovereign immunity defense in the Vieques environmental case would demonstrate the Obama administration's commitment to ending the overzealous use of national defense claims.

Obama To Set Higher Bar For Keeping State Secrets

washingtonpost.com | Carrie Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration will announce a new policy Wednesday making it much more difficult for the government to claim that it is protecting state se...

FBI Whistleblower: Hastert, Burton, Blunt, Other Members of Congress 'Bribed, Blackmailed'

Brad Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Friedman

The broad criminal conspiracy is said to have resulted in, among other things, the sale of nuclear weapons technology to black market interests including Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, Libya and others.

Formerly-'Gagged' FBI Whistleblower Details Congressional Blackmail, Bribery, Espionage, Corruption in Remarkable Videotaped Deposition

Brad Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Friedman

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.

Obama Admin Files Supreme Court Brief Defending State Secrets Privilege

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Supreme Court filing from the Obama administration last month has set off alarm bells on the left. ...

Sam Stein

Biden Won't Comment On State Secrets Law He Once Co-Sponsored

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Vice President's office is declining to weigh in on a bill that would restrict use of the "state secrets privilege" by the Department of Justice, ...

Accountability...and Its Opposite

Elizabeth Goitein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Goitein

Obama has concluded that there are some subjects that we just don't get to know about -- which means there are some areas where the government may break the law with impunity.

Obama Officials Defend Controversial State Secret Decision

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The State Secret Privilege is perhaps the most powerful executive tool available for any president to use, and thus the Obama administration's decisio...