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Make NSA Surveillance Case In Public, Federal Judge Says

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A federal judge in Oregon said the federal government cannot submit a secret brief in a lawsuit that challenges the legality of the National Security Agency’s warrentless surveillance program. Judge Garr M. King said the government hadn’t made a case “that it cannot furnish public information to support its position. …”To the extent it can be done without compromising national security interests, a litigant has a right to know the legal and factual positions being taken by the government so they can respond to them,” he said. (4/26/06)