United States Second Circuit

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American Civil Liberties Union v. US Department of Defense, 17-779

Held that the U.S. government was justified in refusing to release certain photographs of detainees taken by U.S. Army personnel at military detention facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq. The American Civil Liberties Union and several other organizations demanded that the photographs be released under the Freedom of Information Act. The government countered that the photographs were shielded from disclosure by a 2009 law, the Protected National Security Documents Act. Agreeing with the government, the Second Circuit reversed the district court's order granting summary judgment for the plaintiffs and remanded with directions to enter judgment for the government.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2018/08/22

Judges

  • Wesley

Court

  • United States Second Circuit

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