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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