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08-20-2004, 08:41 AM
U.S. Uses Secret Evidence In Secrecy Fight With ACLU

By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 20, 2004; Page A17

The Justice Department is using secret evidence in its ongoing legal battles over secrecy with the American Civil Liberties Union, submitting material to two federal judges that cannot be seen by the public or even the plaintiffs, according to documents released yesterday.

In one of the cases, the government also censored more than a dozen seemingly innocuous passages from court filings on national security grounds, only to be overruled by the judge, according to ACLU documents.

Among the phrases originally redacted by the government was a quotation from a 1972 Supreme Court ruling: <font color="blue"> "The danger to political dissent is acute where the Government attempts to act under so vague a concept as the power to protect 'domestic security.' Given the difficulty of defining the domestic security interest, the danger of abuse in acting to protect that interest becomes apparent."</font color>

Why did they want to censor this? Too close to the truth?