Chris's Rants

Monday, February 21, 2005

Kafka would be proud

Read today's WaPo editorial: Injustice, in Secret
ATTORNEYS FOR the Justice Department appeared before a federal judge in Washington this month and asked him to dismiss a lawsuit over the detention of a U.S. citizen, basing their request not merely on secret evidence but also on secret legal arguments. The government contends that the legal theory by which it would defend its behavior should be immune from debate in court. This position is alien to the history and premise of Anglo-American jurisprudence, which assumes that opposing lawyers will challenge one another's arguments.
In short: we're not going to tell you why the case has been dismissed because, well, its a secret.


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