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State Secrets: A government misstep in a wiretapping case. A New Yorker article on the Kafkaesque case of Al Haramain v. Bush. [Via Threat Level.]

Note that Threat Level disagrees with the New Yorker piece about the future of the case.
posted by homunculus (20 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
According to Bernabei, one of the agents suggested that as she looked for the document she should try not to think about what it contained.

Reminds me of the game where you lose straightaway if you even think about it. The winner is the last person who thought about the game.

Oh, dang.
posted by WalterMitty at 10:02 AM on April 26, 2008


Soon afterward, two F.B.I. agents visited Bernabei’s office and informed her that a classified document had accidentally been turned over to her. Bernabei told them that she had received only “unclassified” information, but she agreed to retrieve the document from her files. According to Bernabei, one of the agents suggested that as she looked for the document she should try not to think about what it contained.

"Try not to think about what it contains."

Well, it's a bit late for that ain't it Elliot Ness?
posted by three blind mice at 10:02 AM on April 26, 2008


At what point do they torture it out of him and then bill for it?
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:21 AM on April 26, 2008


If they had a reasonable belief that any telephone conversation with Seda or Buthi might be monitored by the N.S.A., could they talk to their clients without violating attorney-client confidentiality? Bernabei requested confirmation that the government was not intercepting her “written or oral communications” with her clients. Two weeks later, she received a response from the lawyers at the Justice Department. They wouldn’t confirm or deny.

It would be improper to comment on ongoing litigation.
posted by acro at 10:40 AM on April 26, 2008




I heard Jon Eisenberg speak at an Impact Fund event last year -- fascinating, mind-blowing story.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 2:12 PM on April 26, 2008


Secrecy is poison to democracy.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:07 PM on April 26, 2008 [1 favorite]


Bernabei requested confirmation that the government was not intercepting her “written or oral communications” with her clients. Two weeks later, she received a response from the lawyers at the Justice Department. They wouldn’t confirm or deny.

That means "Yes".
posted by Avenger at 4:23 PM on April 26, 2008


It is a sublime transcendent moment. We are not at the conclusion of ironic political supercollision. Any second I suspect we will some meh'ons.
posted by srboisvert at 6:15 PM on April 26, 2008


What?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 5:09 AM on April 27, 2008


Yes srboisvert, explain yourself
posted by Catfry at 5:25 AM on April 27, 2008


Two weeks later, she received a response from the lawyers at the Justice Department.

"No. But you should really give your mother a call."
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:16 AM on April 27, 2008


Yes srboisvert, explain yourself

Choose your own explanation!

Is SRBOISVERT...
A. ...on heavy medication, and you want to help, turn to page 62
B. ...on heavy medication, and you want to share, turn to page 120
C. ...asking you to hand him your .357 magnum because he wants to show you a new trick he learned? Turn to page 2.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:19 AM on April 27, 2008 [1 favorite]










In other surveillance news: CCTVs don't solve crime in UK; Scotland Yard's answer: more CCTVs!
posted by homunculus at 11:23 AM on May 6, 2008






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