Story on State Secrets in the Senate

by on April 25, 2008 · 5 comments

Check out my write-up of the State Secrets Protection Act, which is Ted Kennedy’s answer to the Bush administration’s habit of answering every lawsuit with “we can’t litigate about that because it’s a state secret. We can’t tell you why it’s a state secret because that’s a state secret too.” It would create some clear ground rules regarding when the state secrets privilege can be invoked and how judges should deal with such assertions. I haven’t given this a great deal of thought, but from a quick read-through of the bill, it seems like a pretty worthwhile approach.

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