`State Secrets' Doctrine Draws Scrutiny

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posted on Nov, 27 2007 @ 01:11 PM
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`State secrets' Doctrine Draws Scrutiny


www.msnbc.msn.com

Under grilling from lawmakers and attack by lawsuits alleging Bush authorized the illegal wiretapping of Americans, the White House has invoked a legal defense known as the "state secrets" doctrine - a claim that the president has inherent and unchecked power to shield national security information from disclosure, either to plaintiffs in court or to congressional overseers.
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[edit on 27/11/07 by Keyhole]




posted on Nov, 27 2007 @ 01:11 PM
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O.K., so now we won't go with the Executive Privilege, now they don't have to defend themselves because they are claiming the "State Secrets" doctrine protects them. Nobody ever has to know what the President or the Executive Branch are EVER doing, according to this administration, not even Congress.

What is the most worrisome thing about this is that they claim "the president has inherent and unchecked power to shield national security information from disclosure, either to plaintiffs in court or to congressional overseers", does this sound like the way our government is supposed to be run?

Did we elect a President or a King?

This is giving the President unchecked powers, not even a Congressional Oversee Committee gets to know anything, one of the basic ideas our forefathers put in the Constitution was the system of "Checks & Balance" that would keep any one branch of the government from getting too powerful. They constructed The Constitution so the government would be transparent to its citizens. Now its a government where the Executive Branch puts up walls so the other branches of government don't even know exactly what's going on.

This Bush administration is ruining our whole system of government (especially the System of Checks & Balance) in 2 presidential terms.

[edit on 27/11/07 by Keyhole]





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