There was good news today from the federal court of appeals in San Francisco today:
The Obama administration has lost its argument that a potential threat to national security is a good enough reason to stop a lawsuit challenging the government’s warrantless wiretapping program.
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Friday rejected the Justice Department’s request for an emergency stay. The Obama administration, like the Bush administration before it, cited the so-called state secrets privilege as its defense. The government claimed national security would be compromised if a lawsuit brought by the U.S. chapter of an Islamic charity was allowed to proceed.
You may remember that we were more than a little disappointed when the Obama Administration decided to assert its state secrets privilege earlier this month. Today’s ruling was a good sign our third branch of government is standing up for the rule of law.