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The White House filed papers late Friday to stop a federal judge from deciding whether the warrantless surveillance operations were legal or not.
The government said that, despite leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, full disclosure of the surveillance data would put government secrets at risk. Divulging these secrets in a court would cause “extremely grave damage to the national security of the United States,” wrote James Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, in the filing.
So, he said, he was continuing to assert the state secrets privilege, which allows the government to seek to block information from being used in court even if that means the case must be dismissed. The Justice Department wants the judge to dismiss the matter without ruling on whether the programs violated the First or Fourth Amendment.
Sometimes national security is a poor excuse, but in the case of things like secret coatings on aircraft to make them less visible to radar, I can see how your enemies might use such tech against you if they learned the secret coating composition, so some secrecy might make sense in that case.
Today, the parties in the Area 51 case were formally notified that the federal court had denied the government's motion to dismiss the action on grounds of national security. In a thirty-page opinion, Judge Philip Pro ruled that the national security argument of the government was "illusory" and "unpersuasive."
I remember a few short years ago seeing a vid of Gadaffi touring around the streets of libya with the top half of his body out the sunroof of a car as he waved to the crowds. Just goes to show how loved he was by his people. Do you think Obama could get away with that? Didn't Obama just spend millions making his holiday location safe?
It kinda tells you something when a leader cant walk his own streets without fear of being blown away, and he has to gag the courts so you dont find out what he's been getting up to!
The government argued that disclosure of these secrets would put the country at risk if they were publicized.
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Mr. Clapper has lost all credibility.
He lied to Congress and will be real lucky if he is not charged.
"Not wittingly".... Please