In a case of apparent first impression, a Southern District judge has rejected a challenge to government security clearance requirements for attorneys representing men accused of the bombings of U.S. Embassies.

Ruling on a pretrial motion, Judge Leonard B. Sand said there was no way around some form of security clearance for defense attorneys who need access to discovery materials marked classified by the U.S. government in the case, United States v. Bin Laden, S(6) 98 Crim. 1023.