Government Not Required To Release Detainees’ Names

2003

Ruling on the government’s refusal to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by a coalition of civil liberties groups, a federal court reverses a lower court’s order to release the names of all post-Sept. 11 detainees and the names of their attorneys. The court rules that an exception to the Freedom of Information Act for some information collected for law enforcement purposes applies in this case. The judges agree with the government that releasing the names could interfere with future criminal investigations.