We Can't Talk about Secrecy, Because It's a Secret--American Courts Suddenly Become Kangaroo
November 16, 2007
Ruling Blocks Challenge to Wiretapping
WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 — A federal appeals court said today that secrecy laws forced it to exclude critical evidence about the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program from being used by an Islamic charity in a lawsuit even though the mere existence of the program could no longer be considered a “state secret.”
The complex ruling was a victory for the Bush administration and signaled trouble for civil rights groups that are trying to show that the eavesdropping program was unconstitutional and to hold telecommunications companies liable for carrying it out.
If you think we are a nation of law (and I do) then you have to scratch your head as courts rule that secrets are too secret to be mentioned and, following that, seem to argue against themselves.
. . . the appeals court spent most of its 27-page ruling expl…