This from the New York Times:
We often wonder whether there is a limit to the Bush administration’s obsession with secrecy, its assault on the rule of law, its disdain for the powers of Congress, its willingness to con the public and its refusal to heed expert advice or recognize facts on the ground. Events of the past week suggest the answer is no.
Justice Department lawyers are withholding evidence from plaintiffs and even restricting the access of judges to documents . . . .
When government lawyers tried to take back a document that has circulated around the world, the judge asked a Justice Department lawyer, “Who is it secret from?” The answer: “Anyone who has not seen it.”
See here for the entire article.
I've studied The Third Reich extensively. In the years leading up to Hitler's dictatorship, people repeatedly said: 'We live in a Republic! The people's word is Law! We are protected. . . .'
And, they were--right up until the day they woke up in a dictatorship which they had seen coming--but refused to believe their eyes.