Tuesday, October 9

"State Secrets"

In 1953, the U.S. government's judicial branch refused to let women file a lawsuit against the U.S. government's administrative branch / military. The justification was that such a lawsuit would involve saying things in a courtroom that were still big secrets from other countries.

Well, it turns out that anyone who thought that was a load of bunk back then was right. In 2000, documents were released and it turns out that what the women would've gotten by suing for that information was: knowing that the plane their husbands had died in weren't maintained well enough.

Ike, not you! Not Mr. "Beware the military-industrial complex running amok!" How could you let your administration ask the court to ensure the privacy of information that would keep its military from running amok, not overseen, putting people put into faulty equipment?

Well, now we've got another trial where the U.S. government's judicial branch is refusing to let someone sue the U.S. government's administrative branch. In this case, the person already knows what the administrative branch did wrong and it's a punitive, not one wanting answers.

So the whole world KNOWS, since Chanc. Merkel confirmed it, that the U.S. government's administrative branch actually DID mess up. It's just that the plaintiff isn't going to get to take it to a U.S. court because higher U.S. courts are saying he's not even allowed to.

Why are they saying that?

Well, because in the process of proving his claim in court that the U.S. government's administrative branch messed up (or perhaps in the process of the U.S. defending itself), big secrets we can't tell other countries would be revealed.

:-Þ Bleah.

What'll you bet that in 50 years we'll find out the only "secret" the administrative branch didn't want released was that yes, it did mess up and yes, it did owe the plaintiff money.
(Big whoop! Like keeping that a secret would actually protect our citizenry from harm from other countries.)

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