The Foundations of Supreme Executive Power
Posted Jul 07, 2007
Although Stanley Hilton is worth studying for dozens of reasons, I'll start with him because of his "class action 9-11 lawsuit" -- which was none of those things, of course. However, it was thrown out of court for a very strange and eye-opening reason. It wasn't the fact that he only had 2 plaintiffs (and one of them didn't ask to be included) -- it was because of the Doctrine of Sovereign Immunity.
Not familiar? Let me sum it up: "FUCK YOU, BUDDY." Perhaps I'm oversimplifying. As Wikipedia explains it: "In the United States, the federal government has sovereign immunity and may not be sued unless it has waived its immunity or consented to suit." I was unaware of this until recently, but it definitely explains a lot. The wiki primer on Legal Immunity is worth taking a closer look at, should this interest you.
In the course of sniffing down this trial I also came across yet another disturbing Executive Order: Number 13233, which can be summed up exactly the same as Sovereign Immunity. It was written up by Alberto Gonzales, and signed into law by Bush about 2 months after September 11th. It renders all presidential papers and documents into secret material which never needs to be released to the public, under any circumstances. (wiki)
It's related to the recently signed Executive Order 13292, which expands the "US Reclassification Program" -- every bit as insane as it sounds. Over 50,000 pages of previously released and declassified materials have already been reclassified. It's interesting that even the flimsy excuse of "National Security" has been abandoned in recent years.
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