A Look at State Secrets Privilege

From today’s: Morning Edition (audio story):

The Bush administration is increasingly using the state secrets privilege. It is a series of precedents that allow the government to dismiss court cases on the grounds that evidence introduced in the trial could jeopardize national security.

Given that there should be
limits to what information the government releases, it becomes a question of faith in the government to tell citizens what they’re better off not knowing. Strange that cover-up theorists can use law enforcement’s “or do you have something to hide?” argument.