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??? Secret 9/11 Supreme Court Case ???

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posted on Nov, 5 2003 @ 09:35 PM
Under John Ashcroft's direction many deportation cases are carried out in secrecy. And many more people will be just like the disaparados of Latin America - gone under the auspices of the USA Patriot Act without trace.

But I can't figure this story, covered by the CSM of all media. A 9/11 connected trial, carried out in complete secrecy until the lodgment of the appeal, becoming public through by accident.

Secret 9/11 case before high court
The justices consider a petition for a case with no public record.
By Warren Richey | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

MIAMI It's the case that doesn't exist. Even though two different federal courts have conducted hearings and issued rulings, there has been no public record of any action. No documents are available. No files. No lawyer is allowed to speak about it. Period.
Yet this seemingly phantom case does exist - and is now headed to the US Supreme Court in what could produce a significant test of a question as old as the Star Chamber, abolished in 17th-century England: How far should a policy of total secrecy extend into a system of justice?

Secrecy has been a key Bush administration weapon in the war on terrorism. Attorney General John Ashcroft warns that mere tidbits of information that seem innocuous about the massive Sept. 11 investigation could help Al Qaeda carry out new attacks. (Bull# - sorry - interjection).

Yet this highly unusual petition to the high court arising from a Miami case brings into sharp focus the tension between America's long tradition of open courts and the need for security in times of national peril. At issue is whether certain cases may be conducted entirely behind closed doors under a secret arrangement among prosecutors, judges, and docket clerks.

What's known about the case

This is among the first of the post-Sept. 11 terrorism cases to wend its way to the nation's highest tribunal. There was no public record of its existence, however, until the appeal was filed with the clerk of the US Supreme Court.

A federal judge and a three-judge federal appeals-court panel have conducted hearings and issued rulings. Yet lawyers and court personnel have been ordered to remain silent.

"The entire dockets for this case and appeal, every entry on them, are maintained privately, under seal, unavailable to the public," says a partially censored 27-page petition asking the high court to hear the case. "In the court of appeals, not just the filed documents and docket sheet are sealed from public view, but also hidden is the essential fact that a legal proceeding exists."

Despite the heavy secrecy, a brief docketing error led to a newspaper report identifying MKB by name in March. The report said MKB is an Algerian waiter in south Florida who was detained by immigration authorities and questioned by the FBI.

???? What is highly unusual in MKB v. Warden is that lower court judges ordered the entire case sealed from the start - preventing any mention of it to the public ????

'Abuse of discretion'?

In her petition to the court, Miami federal public defender Kathleen Williams says the judges' actions authorizing the secrecy without any public notice, public hearings, or public findings amount to "an abuse of discretion" that requires corrective action by the justices.

A government response to the petition is due Nov. 5. It will mark the first time the Justice Department has publicly acknowledged the existence of the habeas corpus action. The justices are set to consider the case during their Nov. 7 conference.

Justice Department officials have defended the blanket secrecy policy, saying that public hearings and public dockets would undermine efforts to recruit detainees as undercover operatives to infiltrate Al Qaeda cells in the US.

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posted on Nov, 5 2003 @ 09:57 PM
involving human lives in the bartering of oil secretly should be known and made aware to the public, if the public are the people maintaing the infrastructure then the public and the people need to know what is happning so that the maintenance of the infrastructure is done so in a productive manner...

the people can handle the truth but by treating them like children, who are less intelligent than those who hold office, and keeping the truth from them the enemy will always have the upper hand in any engagement, why? well if the enemy knows the public and the public knows not its enemy then the publics true enemy is ignorance and the causing factor of such, this will lead in a cycle of death; with the enemy knowing the public the public attempting to know the truth and resultant dead bodies being made in the end...

all in all those who profit and gain are those who know the truth and the enemy of the people...

when will the cycle stop?

when will truth be a universal mandate?

thou shall not lie, yet men speak the father name in war rallies for support of death....

when will the people wake up...

when will all being be given the opportunity to truly rise and not just materially...

posted on Nov, 6 2003 @ 09:42 AM
That's such a great marketing tool for selling Americana, no?
In actuality, there's never been "open" litigation on record for anything that adversly impacts any corporate monolith or government entity.

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