Friday, Jan 26, 2007, 3:33 pm
ACLU Files Motion to Publically Disclose Spy Case Court Records
Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog reports
The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal appeals court on Friday to force out into the open at least some of the records that could reveal how far the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has gone to authorize eavesdropping on individuals inside the U.S. when they communicate via telephone, e-mail or other electronic connections. In a motion to unseal filed with the Sixth Circuit Court in Cincinnati, the ACLU argued that the federal government had improperly classified at least some of the documents the Justice Department filed under seal on Jan. 11 and on Wednesday. "The government's improper secret filings constitute an abuse of this Court's process and unwarrantedly deprive the public of its right of access to information concerning judicial proceedings," the liberal advocacy group said in the motion.