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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pbama Admin Invokes Preserving State Secrets And Privilege On Rendition

Oh, the irony...the rich, sweet, chocolaty, nougaty, creamy, fudgy, caramel, whipped cream on top irony

This should have blood in the stools of every Widdle Pbama Cultist.

The Pbama Administration has taken the exact same stance as did the Bush Admin on the issue of rendition, and the preservation of state secrets. (Secrets in the Pbama White House?! Say it Ain't So!) From The New York Times (so it must be true!):

    In a closely watched case involving rendition and torture, a lawyer for the Obama administration apparently surprised a panel of federal appeals judges Monday by pressing ahead with an argument for preserving state secrets originally developed by the Bush administration.


    President Obama had harshly criticized the Bush administration’s treatment of detainees during the campaign, and has broken with the previous administration on such questions as whether to keep open the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. But a lawyer for the government, Douglas N. Letter, made the same state-secrets argument on Monday, startling several judges on the panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


    [Reacting was] Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the plaintiffs in the case.

    “This is not change,” he said in a statement. “This is definitely more of the same. Candidate Obama ran on a platform that would reform the abuse of state secrets, but President Obama’s Justice Department has disappointingly reneged on that important civil liberties issue. If this is a harbinger of things to come, it will be a long and arduous road to give us back an America we can be proud of again.”

Bwa ha ha ha ha! The ACLU throws a hissy-fit that Pbama policy on torture and rendition is the same as Bush policy.

"Impeach Pbama! Impeach This Warmonger Now! No More Blood For Oil! When Will Pbama Stop Occupying Iraq?"

Oh, that gnawing pain of hypocrisy and denial inside each and every Pbama Cultist must be growing to epic proportions.

You have to love this kind of karma. It's Schadenfreudely Delicious!

"He's NOT my Führer."


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How do we entertain the notion that the government can just say "state secrets" and get the case dismissed outright? Assuming it does not lead to abuse, shouldn't the proper response of a court if the government asserts the state secrets privilege to enter a default judgment against the government and grant the remedy the plaintiffs seek?
Thanks for the update Ted!

"...enter default judgment against the government and grant the remedy the plaintiffs seek..?"

I don't know. I think something like this can only be on a case by case issue. And no, I don't necessarily think that because "state secrets" is applied means a default judgment should be granted to the plaintiff(s).
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