- Feb 16, 2008
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- Western NY and Geneva, CH
- Political Leaning
How Obama Officials Cried 'Terrorism' to Cover Up a Paperwork Error | Threat Level | Wired.comFBI agent Kevin Kelley was investigating Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004 when he checked the wrong box on a terrorism form, erroneously placing Rahinah Ibrahim on the no-fly list.
What happened next was the real shame. Instead of admitting to the error, high-ranking President Barack Obama administration officials spent years covering it up. Attorney General Eric Holder, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and a litany of other government officials claimed repeatedly that disclosing the reason Ibrahim was detained, or even acknowledging that she’d been placed on a watch list, would cause serious damage to the U.S. national security. Again and again they asserted the so-called “state secrets privilege” to block the 48-year-old woman’s lawsuit, which sought only to clear her name.
The woman was even barred a return flight for her own trial. So was one of her daughters, a U.S. born American citizen, who witnessed her mother’s humiliation at the San Francisco airport.
Can someone explain to me, please, how it is that when government officials assert the state's secret privilege and claim in open court that they can't disclose the reason Ibrahim was detained, or even acknowledge that she’d been placed on a watch list because doing so would cause serious damage to the U.S. national security, this is not perjury? How is it that taking the judge for a ride, to the point where the case is dismissed only to get dropped back in their lap on appeal, is not a crime?
The Department of Justice is out of control and needs to be brought to heel.
Time for the small-government conservatives in Washington to put their money where their mouth is.