Back when I was running for President, I criticized Bush for being too quick to invoke the "state
secrets" claim. That approach made sense when I was just a candidate. Now I'm the President.
Here's a perfect example of why I believe in the concept of state secrets. There is a court case where the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is trying to sue the National Security Agency for its warrantless surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans.
In a patriotic move, AT&T gave the government access to its communications switches and its huge databases of information on millions of ordinary Americans. It's true that many of those AT&T customers surveilled have never been associated with terrorists. However, if you fish long enough, you will eventually catch something.
Being a former constitutional law professor, I'm all for the 1st and 4th Amendments. But as far as I'm concerned, the wiretapping program is a "state secret" and that means the courts are barred from ever judging its legality. See how nicely that works out?