So when the government is presented with a court case and screams "State Secret!" they get basically a get-out-of-court free card. This is despite the fact that the original state secrets court case contained no real state secrets
, and instead was just trying to avoid embarrassment over a stupid military failure.
Now the father of a US citizen whose son been slated for being murdered despite having no trial or due process has raised a court case to get the government to, y'know, NOT MURDER HIS SON WITHOUT CAUSE and the government has screamed State Secrets! again and so, yeah, this guy's kid--an innocent American--is totally going to be murdered by our troops.
Obama argues his assassination program is a "state secret" - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
At this point, I didn't believe it was possible, but the Obama administration has just reached an all-new low in its abysmal civil liberties record. In response to the lawsuit filed by Anwar Awlaki's father asking a court to enjoin the President from assassinating his son, a U.S. citizen, without any due process, the administration last late night, according to The Washington Post, filed a brief asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit without hearing the merits of the claims. That's not surprising: both the Bush and Obama administrations have repeatedly insisted that their secret conduct is legal but nonetheless urge courts not to even rule on its legality. But what's most notable here is that one of the arguments the Obama DOJ raises to demand dismissal of this lawsuit is "state secrets": in other words, not only does the President have the right to sentence Americans to death with no due process or charges of any kind, but his decisions as to who will be killed and why he wants them dead are "state secrets," and thus no court may adjudicate its legality.
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