How good lawyers sprout whiskers and top hats after drinking too much national-security punch.

The law, lawyers, and the court.
Aug. 16 2007 6:45 PM

Lawyers in Wonderland

How good lawyers sprout whiskers and top hats after drinking too much national-security punch.

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Secrets are not a legal argument so much as a legal conclusion, a topsy-turvy claim by the government that everything the President does in secret is necessarily legal. If that sounds familiar it's because the White Rabbit used, as the final damning evidence in the case of Knave vs. Stolen Tart, the same sideways argument:

Don't let him know she liked them best,
For this must ever be
A secret, kept from all the rest,
Between yourself and me.