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July 20, 2006

Judge Refuses to Halt Privacy Suit Over State Secrets

Chief District Judge Vaughn Walker of the Northern District of California refused today to dismiss a class action lawsuit against AT&T over company  cooperation in government surveillance of citizens.  The government had invoked state secrets as a way of preventing the suit from going forward.  The judge ruled that the nature of the suit was hardly a secret at this point and that allowing the parties to go forward at this time would not reveal any state secrets nor help terrorists.

Somewhere in a secret location is a government official gnashing his teeth. 

The story is in the San Francisco Chronicle, and the opinion is here (thanks to CNET for posting the link).

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