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Policies and Procedures Governing Invocation of the State Secrets Privilege

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Headlines

http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/documents/state-secret-privilieges.pdf

Lays out policies and procedures to be followed by the Justice Department when called upon to defend an executive branch agency that refuses to disclose official information and uses the so-called state secrets privilege as the justification for nondisclosure. The new policy states that the privilege should be invoked only when disclosure would cause significant harm to national security. From the Justice Department.