ACLU Takes Quest to Shed Light on Surveillance to Supreme Court

April 19, 2021, 5:27 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether rulings by a federal court focused on the legality of government surveillance should be made public.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court works “behind closed doors” and doesn’t usually publish its decisions, but it should be forced to under a First Amendment right of access to judicial proceedings, according to the ACLU’s Monday petition for review.

The group, which has been pushing to shed light on the surveillance court for almost a decade, was joined by other transparency advocates, including the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia...

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