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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Times targets 'shady secrets'

The first state secrets case, dating to 1953, was used to cover up negligence, the New York Times points out in arguing that the Obamites have been over-using the doctrine, making many wonder whether crimes and negligence are being hidden.

The latest case involves a terrorist with U.S. citizenship who is on the government's death list as a legitimate target in time of war. Personally, I see the point of Obama issuing a death fatwa against this fellow. He issued a death fatwa against Molly Norris, the Seattle cartoonist who came up with "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" in response to censorship of a South Park episode. The terror threats forced her to change her name and assume a new identity, thus effectively censoring an American who was excersising a fundamental American freedom.

Even so, the Times is correct to assert that overuse of the privilege invites bureaucrats and politicians to cover their butts with BS secrecy claims.

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