February 19, 2009
THE LIGHT GOES ON IN THE CRYPT:
Obama Follows Some Of Bush’s Footsteps: Administration Invokes State Secrets Act (Helen Thomas, 2/19/09, Hearst)
The Bush administration’s position has been that the [Binyam Mohamed] case should be dismissed because even courtroom discussion of their treatment could threaten national security. When the case was heard earlier this month before a panel of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges sitting in San Francisco, the Obama administration made the same argument.
One judge asked the Justice Department lawyer if the change in administrations had any bearing on the case.
"No, your honor," came the reply.
According to The New York Times, "even the judges on the panel seemed surprised by the administration’s decision to go forward" with the same argument. That’s not "change," the theme of the Obama presidential election campaign. It’s more of the same.
You bet your dewlaps, baby. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 19, 2009 4:38 PM