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|Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:45 pm Post subject: Nadler to Chair Legislative Hearing on State Secret Reform
From Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:00 pm to Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:00 pm (included)
8th Congressional District of New York
REMINDER: Nadler to Chair Legislative Hearing on State Secret Reform
Hearing will examine Nadlerís bipartisan State Secret Protection Act,
legislation designed to curb abuse of state secret privilege
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: Wednesday, June 3, 2009
CONTACT: Ilan Kayatsky, 212-367-7350
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ė Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-08), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will chair a legislative hearing tomorrow on H. R. 984, the State Secret Protection Act of 2009, his bill to reform the state secret privilege. This hearing will examine the standard of review for what qualifies as a state secret and how best this privilege should be reformed. The hearing will take place on Thursday, June 4th at 2:00pm in Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141, Washington, D.C.
The state secret privilege allows the government to withhold evidence in litigation if its disclosure would harm national security. The purpose of the privilege is to protect legitimate state secrets; but if not properly policed, it can be abused to conceal embarrassing or unlawful conduct whose disclosure poses no genuine threat to national security. Nadlerís bipartisan bill, the State Secret Protection Act of 2009, co-sponsored by Rep. Thomas Petri (WI-6), would ensure meaningful judicial review of the privilege and prevent premature dismissal of claims. The bill aims to curb abuse of the privilege while protecting valid state secrets.
What: House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Legislative Hearing on H. R. 984, the State Secret Protection Act of 2009
When: Thursday, June 4th at 2:00pm
Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141, Washington, D.C.
Who: Hon. Patricia Wald, retired Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Hon. Asa Hutchinson, Senior Partner, AH Law Group and former Congressman for the 3rd District of Arkansas
Ben Wizner, Staff Attorney, Security Project of the ACLU
Andrew Grossman, Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation
Jerrold Nadler has served in Congress since 1992. He represents New Yorks 8th Congressional District, which includes parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn.