President Obama isn’t ready to back away from the state secrets privilege. Tomorrow, Justice Department lawyers are expected to notify a judge that it will not back away from its assertion of the privilege in the Al-Haramain case, even under the threat of sanctions. Judge Vaughn Walker, frustrated by months of delay from the government, said he might summarily rule in favor of Al-Haramain, the Islamic charity that’s suing the government over the legality of the National Security Agency’s domestic collection programs.
The government wants to force Walker’s hand by stonewallking. Walker could order the government to release a critical, highly-classified document, an order that could be — and would be — appealed to 2nd circuit court of appeals. Or, Walker could decide the case in favor of the plaintiffs, something that the plaintiffs don’t want … the case isn’t about money, for them, it’s about the legality of the NSA program. (The government could also make the case go away by accepting the summary judgment; they’d pay a few million bucks to the plaintiffs and wouldn’t have to disclose — or admit — anything.)
The more things change the more they stay the same!
Fresh off of California’s Supreme Court ruling on Prop 8 upholding the constitutionality of the amendment, the White House seems to be stalling or not moving on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked twice during Thursday’s press briefing about the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Both times, he reverted to his standard talking points on the subject.
When would the White House push Congress to repeal the policy, asked on reporter?
Gibbs reiterated the president’s support for repeal, then added, “He does not think the policy is working in the national interests and is working with the Joint Chiefs, the Pentagon, and others to bring about a change in that policy.”
Another reporter noted that although Gibbs keeps saying the president is working for repeal, he had been told by staffers for the chair of the subcommittee (probably the military personnel subcommittee) that the House repeal bill isn’t likely to come up for a vote until next year.
“Sometimes the legislative process doesn’t move that quickly,” Gibbs responded.
In other words this isn’t an issue we’re going to press right now, if ever, due to the fact the we’re busy stealing from future generations and taking over private business — our soft socialist agenda in more important than you!
I’m not sure why gays are putting so much stock in Obama and expecting that he’ll champion their cause? He doesn’t hold their views on gay marriage and if I’m reading the President right, and I’m batting around 800 so far, the DADT campaign promise was all politics with little or no actual fire about the issue. Sure his administration might vist the topic but I doubt it goes much further than that!