Responding to a lawsuit over a U.S. Justice Department report on the lawyers who wrote the so-called torture memos, the government said last week that blacked-out passages in the report should remain confidential in the interest of national security and the privacy of government lawyers.

In January, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Justice Department in federal district court in Washington to obtain a copy of the report, which was prepared by the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility. The House Judiciary Committee released a redacted copy on Feb. 19 — a few days before the department’s deadline to respond to the ACLU suit.

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