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Court rules US can keep secrets in surveillance

Court rules US can keep secrets in surveillance

A federal appeals court in New York says law professors and attorneys cannot learn whether a government anti-terrorism program eavesdropped on their conversations.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Wednesday supported the findings of a lower court judge in Manhattan who also rejected the attempt to uncloak the warrantless electronic surveillance system's targets.
The National Security Agency and the Department of Justice had refused to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request by the plaintiffs, some of whom represented Guantanamo Bay detainees.
The government had refused to confirm or deny the existence of any records obtained under the Terrorist Surveillance Program, authorized after the Sept. 11 attacks.


Updated : 2021-05-14 05:25 GMT+08:00