January 3, 2013
Re "It's 2013, when dreams may yet come true," Editorial, Jan. 1 I'd like to add the following wish to The Times' list: That a meaningful dialogue on stopping the abusive application of the state secrets privilege and related policies take place. We need as a start a grass-roots effort to get the equivalent of 2012's H.R. 5956 passed. Can you imagine if religious clergy, Boy Scouts leaders and educational institutions had the state secrets privilege doctrine to hide behind?
July 21, 2009 |
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth has ruled that CIA officials committed fraud to protect a former covert agent against an eavesdropping lawsuit and may sanction as many as six who have worked at the agency, including former CIA Director George J. Tenet. According to unsealed court documents, Lamberth referred a CIA attorney, Jeffrey Yeates, for disciplinary action. Lamberth also denied the CIA's efforts under the Obama administration to keep the case secret because of what he called the agency's "diminished credibility" and the "twisted history" in the case.
February 15, 2009 |
Last Monday in a San Francisco courtroom, the Obama administration faced a crucial early test -- and, in the view of many liberal supporters, failed miserably. Four alleged victims of the government's "extraordinary rendition" program -- each of whom says he was seized, flown to a foreign country and tortured at the behest of the U.S. government -- were appealing the dismissal of their lawsuit against Jeppesen DataPlan Inc., the San Jose company that they say helped organize the flights.
February 14, 2008 |
Of the myriad tactics the Bush administration uses to prevent oversight of its controversial anti-terror policies, none has been more successful, or more far-reaching, than the state secrets privilege. On Wednesday, the Senate considered, at long last, bipartisan legislation that would place reasonable limits on the executive branch's use of the privilege to terminate lawsuits on dubious grounds.
September 16, 2007 |
On Aug. 15, before an overflow crowd at the federal courthouse at 7th and Mission in San Francisco, three judges from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals listened to lawyers argue whether the once-obscure "state secrets privilege" gives the government an absolute right to withhold documents, bury evidence and block lawsuits.
October 11, 2007 |
Score one more for the White House, which may keep its secrets to the bitter end. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court refused to take up the case of El-Masri vs. United States.