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State secrets and executive power

04/19/05

The Bush Administration's use of the state secrets privilege to block a lawsuit brought by FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds will be challenged at an appellate court hearing in Washington, DC this week. The state secrets privilege, among the most powerful instruments of official secrecy, may be invoked to prevent disclosure 'of any information that, if disclosed, would adversely affect national security,' as described in a 1983 court decision. Last year, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft invoked the privilege in response to Ms. Edmonds' lawsuit, resulting in its dismissal. Ms. Edmonds, represented by the ACLU, is appealing to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to reinstate her case...

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/secrecy/2005/04/041905.html#1

from FAS Project on Government Secrecy


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
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