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Judges Skeptical of State-Secrets Claim

Lawyers for the Bush administration encountered a federal appeals court Wednesday that appeared deeply skeptical of a blanket claim that the government's surveillance efforts cannot be challenged in court because the litigation might reveal state secrets...

One suit, Hepting v. AT&T, is a class action that grew out of allegations by retired AT&T engineer Mark Klein that the company had cooperated with the National Security Agency to install equipment that funneled Internet traffic to the surveillance agency. A "secret room" described in court filings by Klein was located in an office building on Folsom Street, seven blocks from the courthouse.

Thursday, August 16, 2007
Washington Post
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