24 Jul '12, 4pm

Justice Dept defended its use of the state secrets privilege in a 2011 report released this week

Justice Department Defends Use of State Secrets Privilege July 24th, 2012 by Steven Aftergood “The Government has invoked the state secrets privilege sparingly and appropriately,” the Department of Justice said in a 2011 report to Congress that was released this week. The 8 page report describes the features of the internal process for determining whether to assert the state secrets privilege in a particular case, including the standards and procedures for validating the use of the privilege. “The Department has applied and will continue to apply these procedures faithfully in reviewing and defending the invocation of the privilege,” the report stated. “The Department believes that good faith adherence to the standards and procedures outlined above will ensure the privilege is invoked in an appropriately narrow set of circumstances.” Furthermore, “while invocation of the p...

Full article: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2012/07/doj_ssp.html

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