Nadler discusses the State Secret Protection Act with Glenn Greenwald

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November 10, 2009

Rep. Jerry Nadler appeared with Glenn Greenwald of Salon Radio to discuss the need to regulate a court’s ability to dismiss a lawsuit simply because the Executive Branch claims that the very consideration of the case would compromise state secrets. Congressman Nadler is the sponsor of the State Secret Protection Act of 2009 which would, for the first time, regulate the use of the State Secret Privilege.

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Rep. Jerry Nadler on State Secrets Act

by Glenn Greenwald
November 10, 2009

The key House subcommittee chairman calls state secrets privilege “the greatest threat to liberty in this country”

Last Friday, the House Judiciary Committee, by a vote of 18-12, approved a bill entitled The State Secret Protection Act of 2009, which, if enacted, would be the first law ever to regulate and limit the President’s ability to use the “state secrets privilege” to compel the dismissal of lawsuits that allege lawbreaking by executive branch officials.  The bill was first introduced in 2007 in response to the Bush administration’s radical abuse and expansion of the privilege, and was re-introduced earlier this year in response to the Obama administration’s identical abuses.


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