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Laura Donohue

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review has selected Laura Donohue, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, to help determine whether the ACLU can sue for access to decisions related to the government’s counterterrorism program revealed in 2013 through the leaks of Edward Snowden.

The three-judge review panel of the secretive surveillance court on Tuesday appointed Donohue as amicus curiae and asked her to file a brief in the matter, along with briefs from the ACLU and the government. At issue is whether the ACLU and Yale Law School’s Media Freedom Information Clinic have established, after more than four years of litigation, that they have standing to bring a First Amendment claim of access to the decisions in question. Those decisions lay out the legal justification for the National Security Agency program that collected  bulk phone data of U.S. citizens. Much of those opinions have since been made public, but the plaintiffs are seeking to unseal redacted portions.

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Karen Sloan

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