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The states secrets privilege is one of the scariest instruments the U.S. government wields.

And though it is politically much easier to get away with using it against non-U.S. citizens, it can and has been used just as easily against U.S. citizens, too.

There must be some way to protect genuinely sensitive national security matters while at the same time allowing for crimes to be tried and judged.  Ideally, there should also be some independent oversight committee in place to evaluate whether each invocation of states secret privilege is merited and proper, or if it is being abused for purely political reasons.

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by marco on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 08:53:58 AM EST
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