I’m always glad to have Russ Feingold as my Senator. I suppose I have Herb Kohl, too, but whatever. So during the Bush years (which took up far too much of my life thus far), the State Secrets designation was used extensively. As in, “roughly 90% of all invocations of state secrecy in court proceedings have occurred in the last eight years.” Now, President Obama has chosen to continue upholding those secrets. Personally, I’m just hoping that’s a temporary thing as those secrets are reviewed, and that most of them will then be released. But in the meantime, Senator Feingold was quick to criticize the move and request a special briefing by the White House as to why they want to maintain those secrets. Which is a good thing. We need people to stand up to the President on these issues.
I’d like to believe that President Obama is going to do the right thing. I’d like to believe that he’s not going to abuse the powers at his disposal. But even if we believe those things, he won’t be President forever. Laws need to be put into place or existing ones clarified in order to ensure that future Presidents don’t run wild like our last one did. That’s why I’m glad to see that Congress is acting to correct these problems. This is, of course, just the first step, but if they’re willing to act on this, I’m hoping that they’ll continue on this course. I’m just kinda pissed off that we needed a Democratic President to get the Democrats in Congress to actually push this through.