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Federal judge slams government response to FOIA requests on surveillance program

By Kristopher A. Nelson in

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JURIST – Paper Chase: Federal judge slams government response to FOIA requests on surveillance program

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the office of the Attorney General to submit more information to the court in support of their motion for summary judgment in a consolidated lawsuit seeking the release of documents related to the government’s domestic surveillance program.

The court said:

While the court is certainly sensitive to the government’s need to protect classified information and its deliberative processes, essentially declaring “because we say so” is an inadequate method for invoking Exemption.