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NY Times Sues Government To Reveal ‘Secret’ Patriot Act Interpretation

Newspaper sues government to reveal ‘secret’ Patriot Act interpretation, By Zack Whittaker, ZDNet (October 12, 2011).

The New York Times is suing the U.S. government for refusing to divulge how its law enforcement interprets the Patriot Act.

After a series of Freedom of Information requests were declined to reveal the classified interpretation of the Patriot Act — a description that Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado) described as “deeply disturbing” — the newspaper sought to battle it out in the courts.

Some months ago, it was found that the Patriot Act was being interpreted by government departments in a way to aid their ongoing investigations, leading to calls that there was a “classified” element to the counter-terrorism law.

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