Sibel Edmonds, the translator who was fired by the FBI after criticizing its nepotism and incompetence, brought suit to get her job back. It was dismissed without a hearing. Dig the reason:
[A] federal judge tossed out her case, not on its merits but on the grounds that hearing her claims might expose government secrets and damage national security. That keeps under wraps the inspector general’s report that investigated Edmonds’ allegations.U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, a Bush appointee, said he couldn’t explain himself further because the explanation itself might expose sensitive secrets. He did say that he’d accepted Attorney General John Ashcroft’s explanation that the suit could “expose intelligence-gathering methods and disrupt diplomatic relations with foreign governments.” The Boston Globe reported that Ashcroft ordered material in the case retroactively classified.
Edmonds must feel a bit like Alice at the tea party, where justice is not being served, and where a secret is a secret but why it’s a secret or who says it’s a secret is a secret, and we can’t tell you why because it’s a secret.
Welcome to your US Govt in action–Down the Rabbit Hole, with Dick Cheney as the Queen of Hearts (‘Off with their fucking heads!’), W as The Mad Hatter, and featuring John ‘Dormouse’ Ashcroft.
What a crew.