Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
In case your local media hasn’t made this clear (which is more than likely), when it comes to civil liberties there is very little daylight between Obama’s policies and those of his predecessor.
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David Kravets, Wired.com
September 23, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO — Hours after the Justice Department announced it would limit its use of the state secrets privilege in new cases, the administration appeared before a federal judge here Wednesday and continued to invoke that defense in a closely watched spy case.
The litigation at issue, now five years old, tests whether a sitting president may bypass Congress and adopt a warrantless surveillance program, as President Bush did in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks.
“We need to protect information concerning the manner and methods by which we seek to detect and prevent a terrorist attack,” Justice Department special counsel Anthony Coppolino said Wednesday while arguing to a federal judge to dismiss the case on the basis of state secrets.