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 December 21, 2010  Court, Surveillance

Ed Hasbrouck writes:

Where has your PNR data gone?

The U.S. government has filed its initial answer to my lawsuit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for illegally withholding records of its travel surveillance system, and an initial procedural hearing in the case has been scheduled for Thursday, January 6, 2011, at 10 a.m. in San Francisco.

The answer filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco (although presumably drafted or directed from Washington) on behalf of CBP (as a division of the Department of Homeland Security) is mostly a boilerplate recitation of denials of even the most obvious facts, and the knee-jerk invocation of every possible defense, no matter how unlikely it is to actually be applicable.

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