Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Secret Court Perfidy
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.
My goodness, how much further can we twist and distort the legal system in this country?