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.
Bibring said he'll appeal. "In our democratic society," he explained, "it is wrong for the courts to allow the government to avoid defending the legality of its conduct under the Constitution when the rights of hundreds of law-abiding" Muslims or any others are at risk.
An ACLU statement called invoking state secrets to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit unprecedented. Attorney General Eric Holder demanded it.
Doing so absolves FBI lawlessness. Judge Carney's ruling legitimizes unconstitutional practices. If appeals fail, they'll stand.
Henceforth, anyone can be targeted for any reason or none at all. State secrets matter more than rule of law principles and justice. America's on a fast track to tyranny. There's no place to hide.
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