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Terrorist threat 'exploited to curb civil liberties' - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

Terrorist threat 'exploited to curb civil liberties' - UK Politics, UK - The Independent: "Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5, has accused the Government of exploiting public fear of terrorism to restrict civil liberties.

Her comments came on the same day as a report published by international jurists suggested that Britain and America have led other countries in 'actively undermining' the rule of law and 'threatening civil liberties' in the guise of fighting terrorism.

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, Dame Stella said that a series of increasingly draconian policies have led British citizens to 'live in fear and under a police state'"

MNF refuse to comment on statement regarding killing 303 Iraqis in 2008 : Aswat Al Iraq

MNF refuse to comment on statement regarding killing 303 Iraqis in 2008 : Aswat Al Iraq: "BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The Multi-National Forces on Monday refused to comment on the statement published on the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) Web site regarding the killing of 303 Iraqis by U.S. forces in 2008."

Bush III: Obama on Torture & Wiretapping

Bush III: Obama on Torture & Wiretapping
“They have drawn a line in the sand between the executive and the judiciary, saying, 'You do not control these documents, we do,’ " said Jon Eisenberg, the attorney for the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, which filed the suit against warrantless wiretapping. The Obama administration’s assertion of the phony “state secrets” privilege strikes at the heart of the Constitution and justice system. Eisenberg is right in that if courts cannot get at the facts, they cannot decide justly. And if the executive branch can cover up crimes against the Constitution (as warrantless wiretaps are) by keeping all of the facts secret, then the court system itself becomes corrupted and irrelevant.

The Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation charged in the lawsuit that the U.S. government unconstitutionally wiretapped them. The irony of the “state secrets” argument in this case is that the federal government accidentally faxed a document to the foundation in 2005…