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AT&T Wants Closed Courtroom in Tomorrow's Hearing in Surveillance Case

PRESS RELEASE
May 16, 2006

Telecom Giant Wants to Keep Public Away from Document Debate

San Francisco - Lawyers for AT&T alerted the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today that it intends to ask the judge to close the courtroom in Wednesday's hearing in EFF's class-action lawsuit. EFF will oppose the request.

EFF's suit accuses AT&T of illegally handing over its customers' telephone and Internet records and communications to the National Security Agency (NSA). In Wednesday's hearing at U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the judge will hear oral arguments about the unsealing of critical documents in the lawsuit -- including a declaration by Mark Klein, a retired AT&T telecommunications technician, and several internal AT&T documents that support EFF's allegations.

For AT&T's letter to the judge:
http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att/AndersontoWalkerreHearingLogistics.pdf

For more on the AT&T case:
http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att/

Contact:

Rebecca Jeschke
Media Coordinator
Electronic Frontier Foundation
press@eff.org

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