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wow. this week's "this american life" is an amazing treatment of secrecy and the us government:

"Most people don't know there's a secret court in the United States. Perhaps even more surprising, it's been around for over two decades. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court authorizes wiretaps on people the FBI and other intelligence agencies suspect of being spies. It meets in secret, and all its proceedings are sealed. Recently, a big battle you probably heard nothing about broke out between the court and the Ashcroft Justice Department. For what may have been the first time in its history, the court turned down a department surveillance application, and for what is certainly the first time in history, the department fought the court's decision. The document you see above, (note the filing number 02-001) is the first public document ever produced by the The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, the super-secret body convened to solve this super-secret dispute. This and other stories about government secrecy from what many people call the most secretive Presidential administration in history."
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