Apr 222017
 April 22, 2017  Posted by  Court, Surveillance

Brandi Buchman reports:

Defending a seal on government-surveillance records, U.S. officials struggled in a brief to distinguish a new challenge from similar actions that were successful.

Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Smith lodged the April 17 filing with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as it prepares for en banc review of a ruling by Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer.

The dispute centers on efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union to unseal certain opinions that addressed the legal basis for the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection.

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