We are supposed to live in a country where the rule of law applies to everyone, even our political leaders and our government. When even the “good guys” are abusing power and creating a system of governance which places itself above the law and leaves the American people with no recourse before the law, we are, as the man said, in deep shit.
“Eric Holder’s Justice Department stood up in court today and said that it would continue the Bush policy of invoking state secrets to hide the reprehensible history of torture, rendition and the most grievous human rights violations committed by the American government. This is not change. This is definitely more of the same. Candidate Obama ran on a platform that would reform the abuse of state secrets, but President Obama’s Justice Department has disappointingly reneged on that important civil liberties issue. (Link)
Glenn Greenwald has more on his blog about why this is such a disturbing move on the part of the Obama DOJ. (Link)
Ignoring the rule of law does not make America safe. Hiding crimes behind a blanket of secrecy does not make America safe. Using fear and terror to hijack our ability to hold the government accountable for its crimes does not make America safe.
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