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National Security Archive urges Supreme Court to Scrutinize Government Secrecy Claims

The National Security Archive and Openness Advocates Urge Supreme Court: Tell Lower Courts to Scrutinize Government Secrecy Claims. press release, The National Security Archive, October 10, 2005.

Amici argue that secrecy does not always serve the goal of protecting national security, as the numerous investigations into the September 11 attacks on the United States all concluded. Noting that there has been an upsurge in secrecy over the last four years–and that military and intelligence officials ranging from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to now-Director of the CIA Porter Goss all admit that a significant amount of the secrecy is unnecessary–the brief argues that the judiciary must provide a meaningful review of government claims for secrecy.

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