Monday, February 9, 2009

Justice Department Reviews State Secrets Claims

Here's some good news to end the day with...

Wired reports:
The Justice Department said Monday the agency is reviewing litigation inherited from the Bush administration in which the so-called state secrets privilege was invoked.

But it remains to be seen whether the Obama administration would cite the privilege less frequently than the record number of times it was invoked under the Bush administration. On Monday, Obama's Justice Department was defending the privilege invoked by the Bush administration in a bid to scuttle a lawsuit brought by four U.S. prisoners who claimed they were kidnapped, taken overseas and tortured.

"The attorney general has directed that senior Justice Department officials review all assertions of state secrets to ensure it is being invoked in only legally appropriate situations," Justice Department spokesman Matt Miller said in a telephone interview.

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