Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A message for lawyers from the Bush Administration

Who needs tort reform when you've got Homeland Security to quash potential litigation? This comes from "Port Security News:"

The Transportation Security Administration last week (November 1) put a notice in the Federal Register stating that it has forwarded a new plan for personal information collection to the Office of Management and Budget for its approval. The intent is to require people involved in legal disputes to be fingerprinted and subject to a background check before they can gain access to information deemed sensitive by the Department of Homeland Security.

The limits on the collection of information specifically pertain to those seeking access to “sensitive security information” (SSI) to support their cases in federal court. TSA is seeking to conduct criminal history record checks and security threat assessments of those seeking the sensitive but unclassified information in order to strengthen their court cases. TSA argues that SSI includes information that would be detrimental to transportation security if publicly disclosed. Critics on the other hand state that information with little or no bearing on homeland security often gets classified as SSI.

I can't imagine why anyone on Earth would anyone trust the Bush Administration to determine who should or should not have access to the courtroom, which is what this regulation essentially would do. It also contains no provision for appeal, by the way.

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