In response to several Bush era cases against the government involving issues including torture, rendition and warrantless wiretapping, ( See: Reforming The State Secrets Privilege ) that were dismissed on the basis of government claims of "state secrets' and also, the recent similar position of the Obama administration on an appeal of one of those cases, Mohamed et. al. v. Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. (Reply Brief of Plaintiffs-Appellants), several senators have re-introduced “The State Secrets Protection Act". The act is intended to "... help guide the courts to balance the government’s interests in secrecy with accountability and the rights of citizens to seek judicial redress."
While historically, the state secrets doctrine was mainly used to withhold from introduction, specific pieces of evidence rather than the wholesale dismissal of a case. The Supreme Court has left unquestioned the much broader application taken by the Bush administration. The responsibility to provide guidance and procedures in this legally ambiguous area should reasonably fall upon the Congress. The stakes are too high for the rule of law, for this legal vacuum to be left unaddressed.
Also,in this spirit, the Brennan Center has made a proposal for AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE VIOLATIONS OF THE RULE OF LAW IN COUNTER-TERRORISM POLICY. They state that " Such a commission is the best way to achieve both accountability and an understanding of how to design an effective counter-terrorism policy that also comports with our fundamental values." The commission would examine and assess past practices and policies and "would also identify the individuals responsible for improper or illegal actions". This orientation may not comport with what the new administration has said about "looking forward and not backward" when it comes to these sensitive issues of the conduct of our national security policy.