For Immediate Release


Zach Lowe (202) 224-8657

US Senator Russ Feingold

Statement of US Senator Russ Feingold

On the Ninth Circuit’s Decision Regarding State Secrets

WASHINGTON - "The Ninth Circuit's decision in the Jeppesen case is the latest example of courts being skeptical of the
government's argument that entire
cases should be dismissed based on the assertion of the state secrets privilege without any evidence being
considered.  It underlines the need for the State
Secrets Protection Act, which puts in place a reasonable system for assessing
state secrets claims.  I urge
the Obama administration to get
behind the bill and help us pass it this year." 


Earlier today, Senator Feingold released a 100 day rule of law report
on the Obama administration's
efforts to restore the rule of law.  While the administration received mostly positive marks, the lowest
grade Feingold issued was a "D" for the administration's position on state
secrets.  The report is available at
Feingold is a cosponsor of the State
Secrets Protection Act


This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Share This Article

More in: