Major defeat for Bush/Obama position on secrecy – Glenn Greenwald –

Major Fail.

Major illustration of the need for Trusted Surveillance. There may indeed be good reasons why whatever is involved in these cases cannot be permitted to be heard in open court. However, as I’ve been arguing with regard to the Torture issue, we certainly cannot trust ANYONE except We The People to make such a judgement on our behalf.

The only democratically acceptable way to handle such cases is for the experts to make their case to a Jury of a couple of hundred randomly selected (from a security vetted pool) citizens. That Jury will have unlimited access to all the Data and to alternative experts in the relevant fields who can provide independent analysis of the State case. If such a Jury concludes that secrecy is genuinely necessary, I for one, would be somewhat more comfortable about accepting it.

That said, it still doesn’t prevent a court case. There is no earthly reason why that can’t take place – under the supervision of the same Jury – entirely in secret. Again, I’m prepared to trust a large, randomly selected Jury with that kind of Authority. Nothing less.


About Harry Stottle
Refugee from the Stumbleupon Blogicide of October 2011 Here you will find my "kneejerk" responses to the world and what I happen to bump into. For my more detailed considerations and proposals, please visit my website or my previous main blogging site.

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