Y’know, I think that National Security is very important. There’s a lot
of legitimate need for secrecy if we expect to achieve our goals of
catching terrorists. The problem is, this pervasive need for secrecy is
getting out of control. It’s now reached the point where the executive
branch is effectivly nutering the judicial and legislative branches by
using the mantra of "National Security" to keep secret practically
anything that, for example qualifies as evidence in the lawsuits over
the domestic spying program.

I a normal lawsuit, lawyers from both sides get to see all of the
information and evidence provided by either side. In all too many
procedings these days, only a judge gets to see anything because it’s
been labeled "classified" because of "National Security" and
presidential authority is invoked in a way that looks more and more like
the executive branch has decided to take over.

It was wrong when judges started legislating from the bench by using
their decisions to strike down laws or order things done…

Our government was set up the way it is for a reason. Three branches,
Judicial, Legislative and Executive. With checks and balances built in
specifically to prevent any one branch from having total authority and
getting out of control.

Personally, I think it’s time, hopefully not past time, for a lot of
people to start rereading the constitution and looking into checking and
balancing before things go to far.


Secrecy
Is at Issue in Suits Opposing Spy Program

The Bush administration has employed extraordinary secrecy in
defending the National Security Agency’s highly classified domestic
surveillance program from civil lawsuits. Plaintiffs and judges’
clerks cannot see its secret filings. Judges have to make appointments
to review them and are not allowed to keep copies.

Judges have even been instructed to use computers provided by the
Justice Department to compose their decisions.

But now the procedures have started to meet resistance. At a
private meeting with the lawyers in one of the cases this month, the
judges who will hear the first appeal next week expressed uneasiness
about the procedures, said a lawyer who attended, Ann Beeson of the
American Civil Liberties Union.

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