August 27, 2007

More bugs from under rocks...

Zombie is back, and this one is great! He's covering the Al-Haramain Surveillance Hearing at San Francisco's own, infamous, 9th Circuit court of Appeals.

....Al-Haramain's lawyers brought in more anti-government lawyers, who recognized a golden opportunity: since this Top Secret document proved that surveillance of specific individuals had taken place, they now had "standing" (the legal right) to challenge the entire underlying lawfulness of government surveillance in principle. And so the case went into overdrive, and suddenly took on much greater significance than just an individual organization fighting for its reputation: legal activists saw a chance to use the courts to stop the Bush administration from surveilling anybody. If they could get the courts to rule that Al-Haramain had been surveilled illegally, then it would set a precedent and prevent any similar surveillance in the future, and also would render unusable any evidence gathered by surveillance in the past. In other words: a very big deal.

The government's legal team sought to forestall this by recalling the document, insisting that its Top Secret status made it unusable in court because revealing its contents would endanger national security.

From here onward, things became bizarre, a dizzying tug-of-war over surrealistic legal technicalities. Both sides were put into completely impossible positions: The government had to suppress a document which revealed Top Secret surveillance without actually admitting that it had conducted any surveillance; whereas Al-Haramain sought to revoke its designation as a terrorist organization by citing the very evidence (the information gathered during the surveillance) that suggested it was a terrorist organization....

In a word: farcical...

Do read. Do enjoy his pictures of the animals of our "news-media" crowding to interview the liberal lawyers who are helping terrorist scum plot against our country, while our government's lawyers walk by, ignored by the press...

Now if I ran the circus, a whole buncha people would be getting some lonnnng stress-free vacations down where the balmy breezes blow under the warm Caribbean sun....

Posted by John Weidner at August 27, 2007 6:39 PM
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