Secrecy: State Secrets Privilege: Legislation

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Secrecy: State Secrets Privilege

Government Asserts State Secrets Privilege in Defamation Suit Against Non-Profit

Last week---and in a somewhat unusual development---the Department of Justice filed a motion to intervene, stay, and dismiss a private lawsuit against a non-profit organization, citing the state secrets privilege. In short, the United States believes that the litigation's further progress might risk the release of national security information. 

Secrecy: FOIA

Appellant Brief Filed in ACLU v. CIA (Drone Program FOIA Request)

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed its opening brief in its appeal of the District Court of the District of Columbia's granting of a motion for summary judgment for the Central Intelligence Agency. The case stems from a FOIA request filed by the ACLU on January 13, 2010 requesting government records related to the use of drones in targeted killings.

Secrecy & Leaks

New State Secrets Assertion

Josh Gerstein at the Politico is reporting:

The Obama administration is invoking the state secrets privilege to seek dismissal of part of a lawsuit brought by Muslims who claim that the FBI conducted sweeping unconstitutional surveillance of Southern California mosques and those who practice Islam in the region.

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