Wednesday, October 10, 2007

a new rendition / an old song

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to allow a lawsuit to go forward that questions the government's use of rendition, the controversial practice of capturing suspected terrorists and sending them to other countries for a more intense form of interrogation than permitted under U.S. law.

Without comment, the justices let stand an appeals court ruling that the state secrets privilege, a judicially created doctrine that the Bush administration has invoked to win dismissal of lawsuits that touch on issues of national security, protected the government’s actions from court review.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? proclaimed Juvenal. "Who Controls The Control Men" permutated William S. Burroughs a couple of millenia later. & in another couple of thousand years, it'll probably be a similar song albeit in a language we haven't heard yet.


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