January 8, 2007 | By Marcia Hofmann

Supreme Court Won't Hear Secret Law Case

The Supreme Court has denied a request to review Gilmore v. Gonzales, a case challenging a government order that requires travelers to show ID before boarding planes at American airports. The Transportation Security Administration has refused to let the public see the order, claiming that it's "sensitive security information."

EFF filed a "friend of the court" brief in November urging the Supreme Court to take the case. The brief argued that Congress never meant for agencies to have unchecked power to regulate the public with secretive rules, and was was joined by the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Democracy and Technology, National Security Archive, Project on Government Secrecy of the Federation of American Scientists, and Special Libraries Association.


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