Senators Seek to Stymie State Secret Shenanigans

By Timothy B. Lee
ars technica
April 25, 2008

The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday approved legislation that seeks to clarify the rules governing the disclosure of state secrets in the courtroom. The bill's chief sponsor, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), has touted the legislation as a response to President Bush's aggressive invocation of the state secret privilege in litigation challenging the conduct of the "war on terror." The 11-8 vote was almost entirely along party lines, with only Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) breaking ranks to vote in favor of the bill. ...

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