posted on Jan, 13 2004 @ 03:00 AM
Secrecy Allowed On 9/11 Detention
High Court Declines To Hear Appeal
The Supreme Court yesterday declined to hear an appeal by civil liberties groups seeking access to basic data about hundreds of individuals detained
by the federal government after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a decision that allows officials to continue withholding the names of most
detainees, as well as other information related to their arrests, indefinitely.
In a brief order released without published dissent, the court turned down a petition by the Center for National Security Studies, the American Civil
Liberties Union and several media organizations that had argued that the Bush administration's refusal to release information about the detainees
violated the Freedom of Information Act and the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press. The Washington Post Co. filed a friend-of-the-court
brief supporting the petition.