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16 August 2007 @ 04:00 pm
Double-Secret Probation As Public Policy  
From PC World, via fuzzface00 's journal:

...Appellate Judge Margaret McKeown responded by paraphrasing public comments by U.S. President George W. Bush, whom she reported as saying, "There is no surveillance of domestic phone calls without a warrant." 

The Bush comment came up again when AT&T attorney Michael Kellogg, also argued for dismissal on the Wonderland-like grounds that allowing the case to go forward, yet not violate state secrets, would prohibit AT&T from presenting a defense. 

"Any sort of program is a state secret," Kellogg said. 

"Even if the program doesn't exist?" McKeown replied, referencing the president's claim. 

"Whether or not it exists is a state secret," Kellogg answered. 

"But if President Bush said it's not happening, how could that be a secret?" the judge asked. 

These are some of the reasons the hearing lasted two and a half hours....

I think this guy testified as a character witness in the Knave of Hearts' trial.

Current Mood: crankycranky
gorgeousgarygorgeousgary on August 16th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Or to borrow a bit from min0taur:

We have no state secrets
And if we did we couldn't talk about 'em
And if we could it wouldn't be to you
And if we did you wouldn't believe us
And if you did we'd have to arrest you
'Cause regulations don't allow us to inform a crazy person about state secrets that don't exist!