OPEN GOVERNMENT — The Washington Independent reports that a heated confrontation is brewing between the Obama administration and a federal judge in San Francisco, with government lawyers threatening to come and seize from court files information constituting "state secrets" rather than have them be used against it in a case alleging illegal warrantless wiretapping.
. . . the case of Al-Haramain v. Obama presents one of the first direct challenges by a victim of the Bush National Security Agencys warrantless wiretapping program against government officials. But the government has argued vigorously to have the case dismissed, invoking the so-called state secrets privilege to refuse to turn over information about the program, and has refused to provide the organizations lawyers use of a document that reportedly reveals that Al Haramain was one of the programs victims.