Skip to comments.Obama Administration Invokes State Secrets Privilege…Again
Posted on 11/01/2009 7:52:26 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
The Obama administration invoked the controversial "state secrets" privilege again on Friday, arguing that if U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker were to permit a legal case against the government to proceed, he would be putting national security at risk.
Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement about the case, Shubert et. al v. Obama, that "there is no way for this case to move forward without jeopardizing ongoing intelligence activities that we rely upon to protect the safety of the American people."
The case is a class action suit brought by four Brooklynites alleging that the Bush administration engaged in wholesale dragnet surveillance of ordinary Americans in which they were unjustly caught because they regularly made phone calls and sent emails to individuals outside the U.S., specifically in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Egypt, the Netherlands, and Norway.
Obama administration officials argued that even addressing or attempting to refute the plaintiffs claim would require the administration "to disclose intelligence sources and methods, or the lack thereof."
Holder said he was invoking the privilege despite having outlined new policies and procedures last month containing new internal and external checks and balances for the Justice Department to follow before invoking the privilege, requiring "a thorough, multi-stage review and rely(ing) upon robust judicial and congressional oversight."
The statement and legal documents were released in a particularly active Friday afternoon document dump -- including stimulus jobs numbers and White House visitors logs.
You can read the documents HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.
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The judicary is totally corrupt with dishonorable judges like Carter, Land, et al.
When the administration is blocking procedures of investigation about what can be uncovered by activity of the Bush administration is because know doubt they have activity of their own there that they do not want uncovered.
How could one who doesn’t want to exist do so much damage?
Based on what I found when I checked switchboard.com there are a surprisingly large number of people with the name Malik Shabazz. I think the visitor logs that were released include people who just went on tours of the White House.
I was wondering if Holder’s sudden willingness to protect what are theoretically CIA and intelligence secrets relates perhaps to some threat from the CIA to reveal Obama’s past and his actual citizenship status. I can’t believe they don’t know what it is.
The list, ping
How many Obama people does it take to monitor and clean the Internet for the criminal president?
And why is he still in office?
Yeah. Why is this scumbag still in office?
The other side of the story from Judicial Watch is here:
As predicted this latest piece from ABC simply states the White House position without mentioning that, the Privacy Act specifically lists the Executive Office of the President as an agency subject to the Acts provisions.
Shameless MSM hacks have an amazing ability to switch sides in any argument depending on which party occupies the White House.
That has been going on forever,...but the quantity of happenings might be greater now .
Because Congress keeps him there.
No one supports the American people except American patriots because Congress has gotten rich off us.
UK seems to be cutting the Lords' pay due to excesses; I'm looking into that
GIVE US YOURS AND YOU TAKE OURS. YOU WORK FOR US.
INSIST CONGRESS TAKES A PAY CUT FOR ITS 2 1/2 DAY, 4 MONTH WORK YEAR.
Why didn't we know about it?
Because both parties are covering it up.
Could it be Soros and Saudis and Bears, et al?