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Congressman Nadler to hold hearings on State Secrets

Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York is to hold hearings on state secrets.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who chairs the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee of the House Judiciary committee, will host hearings Thursday to examine how to curb abuse of the privilege, while protecting true state secrets.

As a candidate, Obama criticized President Bush for being too quick to invoke the privilege. But since taking office, his administration has angered civil libertarians by likewise invoking it in cases involving warrantless wiretapping and renditions.

Testifying at Nadler’s hearings will be Patricia Wald, a retired federal judge; Asa Hutchinson, the former GOP congressman from Arkansas; Ben Wizner of the ACLU; and Andrew Grossman of the Heritage Foundation.

The left was critical of President Bush’s use of state secrets privilege as a matter of principal.

It was understandable why, Bush was such a reactionary President that invoked the states secret doctrine way too often and without transparency. One of Obama’s critiques of Bush was that he had ignored public disclosure rules.

 ‘Secrecy in the name of security’ can not overshadow the importance of open government—

regardless of who is in power we need to be wary when the government can arbitrarily claim to withhold evidence in civil cases because information could jeopardize national security.