Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Obama Administration and state secrets
I am not at all pleased with several things under the Obama administration. One is their reluctance to let go of the executive power accumulated under Dick Cheney.... And wasn't that his intention: to restore executive power and take it further than ever before so it could never be undone?
You may read three articles from emptywheel today on the topic of state secrets and the administration's policy (or continuation of Bush's policy):
Obama’s New State Secrets Policy Is Reaffirmation Of Bush’s Policy by bmaz
More on Holder’s “New” State Secrets Policy by emptywheel
“New” State Secrets Policy “Smoke and Mirrors” also by emptywheel
The concept of state secrets is legitimate but it must have very careful constraints put upon it in order to preserve checks and balances, transparency, and accountability in government. Tyranny of every form is to be opposed.