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Orange County has a vibrant Muslim community. It numbers about 120,000 residents. It's home to America's second largest Muslim population after Dearborn, MI. They and others practicing Islam live in America at the wrong time. 

Post-9/11, they've been targeted to create fear. America needs enemies. War on terror mumbo jumbo followed. So have lawless imperial wars. One nation after another is ravaged. Police state laws persecute non-believers.

Freedom is fast eroding. Full-blown tyranny perhaps awaits another major state sponsored false flag attack. Expect Muslims and other enemies of choice to suffer most.

ACLU of Southern California deputy legal director, Ahilan Arulanantham , expressed disappointment about Judge Carney's ruling. 

"Every American should be deeply troubled when the government can win dismissal of a case involving the most basic constitutional rights by claiming that it is acting, in secret, in the interests of national security."  

"The notion that our basic safety requires relinquishing our most cherished liberties is as inconsistent with the Constitution as it is frightening."

Plaintiff Yassir Fazaga said he was encouraged by effective work done to hold the FBI responsible. "(W)e will continue to work hard to make sure that the government does not continue to abuse our constitutional rights," he added.

Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick attorney Reem Salahi said:

"Where plaintiffs and the informant himself describe act after act of illegal government surveillance, the government should not be allowed to skirt liability by using its wild card - state secrets."

ACLU attorney Peter Bibring said "the state secrets privilege essentially gives the government a blank check to halt a lawsuit in its tracks."

It's currently being challenged in Congress. On June 18, Rep. Jerrod Nadler (D. NY) introduced legislation to limit state secrets in favor of less drastic alternatives. 

HR 5956: State Secrets Protection Act seeks to "provide safe, fair, and responsible procedures and standards for resolving claims of state secrets privilege."

The bill was referred to committee. No further action was taken. In today's climate of fear, expect none.

Bibring calls the privilege of state secrets troubling. An early case invoking them involved a military plane crash. Decades later, the daughter of one of the pilots discovered a concealed accident report wasn't secret. It described negligence. 

Coverup tried to hide human error. At issue was embarrassment, not secrets too important to reveal. Nonetheless, Justice Department attorney Anthony Coppolino claimed doing so would disclose government motives and alert enemies. He lied and got away with it.

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No surprise to anyone who read Glenn Greenwald's "... by Gloria Grening Wolk on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 12:50:39 PM