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Center for National Security Studies, et al,. v. U.S. Department of Justice

 
Issue1.) Whether the D.C. Circuit correctly ruled that the Department of Justice was exempt from any obligation under the Freedom of Information Act to release names and other basic information relating to hundreds of people who were detained in the weeks immediately following September 11, including many who were not even suspected of any linkage to terrorist activities. (2.) Whether the First Amendment prohibits the Government from refusing to disclose the identities of those whom it has arrested and detained, absent a specific showing of a compelling need for secret arrests.
Lower Court DC Circuit
Lower Court Ruling FOIA & First Amendment claims denied
Briefs
For Petitioner
Paul M. Smith for Center for National Security Studies, et al (cert. brief)

News Stories & Commentary
AP, "U.S. can keep Sept. 11 detainee names, details secret "

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