Obama Transparency And The OLC
The NYTimes writes:
We were horrified to be reminded that the nation still has not plumbed the depths of the Bush administrationís abuses. At the same time, it was a relief to see President Obama beginning to make good on his promise of greater transparency.
But what of the Obama Administration's continued assertion of outlandish theories of Executive power regarding the "states secrets" privilege? As Glenn Greenwald wrote about the Obama Administration's brief (PDF) in the al Haramain case:
The brief filed by Obama on Friday afternoon has to be read to believed. It is literally arguing that no court has the power to order that classified documents be used in a judicial proceeding; instead, it is the President -- and the President alone -- who possesses that decision-making power under Article II, and no court order is binding on the President to the extent it purports to direct that such information be made available for use in a judicial proceeding.
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