Posts tagged “Barack Obama”

Obama administration re-invokes “State Secrets” privilege

From page 23 of the EFF opposition brief in re Shubert, filed with the Hon. Vaughn R. Walker in the Northern District of California on July 20, 2007 (emphasis added by Glenn Greenwald; click to enlarge)

Full Document: Electronic Frontier Foundation (PDF)

From page 23 of the EFF opposition brief in re Shubert, filed with the Hon. Vaughn R. Walker in the Northern District of California on July 20, 2007
(emphasis added by Glenn Greenwald; click to enlarge)


When the Obama administration announced they were going to limit the use of the State Secrets privilege six weeks ago, I simply did not believe it (see reasons 1, 2). Then, the news broke last Friday in a White House “trash dump“, a maneuver used to hide important stories amid numerous bits of procedural dross, that

the Obama administration has, yet again, asserted the broadest and most radical version of the “state secrets” privilege — which previously caused so much controversy and turmoil among loyal Democrats (when used by Bush/Cheney) — to attempt to block courts from ruling on the legality of the government’s domestic surveillance activities.Glenn Greenwald

Rather than hem and haw again about how this is the fall of the Republic, which this very well could be, I will simply ask that you please take the time to go read Glenn Greenwald’s excellent piece on this matter of great consequence. It is as well-linked and well-written as anything I could have hoped for. Plus, he is an actual constitutional lawyer, instead of an armchair litigator like me. Go! Read it right now! Then come back here to discuss, tweet it, facebook it and tell all your friends this is happening.

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Where ‘dat Joe Biden?

Uh, well, sir, I ain't a f'real cowboy. But I am one helluva stud!

'Uh, well, sir, I ain't a f'real cowboy. But I am one helluva stud!'

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Seek the truth: Jeremiah Wright

I’ve got a new segment for you: Seek the truth. The title is self-explanatory. For this first installment, I suggest you take a look at Bill Moyer’s interview with Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

If you’ve been living in a cave of late, Wright is a major flash point in the current presidential election cycle thanks to selective editing of sound bites from some of his sermons. Those sermons are shown in context during Moyer’s interview and that context is essential.

Whether you agree with Wright’s views or not, it is important that you see the entirety of his thought. This learned man deserves better than to be reduced to politically advantageous audio clips and the American public should demand more (and better) from the mainstream media.

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