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High Court Won't Review Secret Deportation Hearings

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday a challenge to the federal government’s policy of holding secret immigration hearings of people detained after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The justices declined to review a U.S. appeals court ruling that news media and public access to the deportation proceedings could endanger national security. Without any comment, the high court refused to hear an appeal by New Jersey newspapers arguing the government may not keep the proceedings secret without a specific, case-by-case showing that closing the hearing would be necessary. The secret hearings, which have been widely criticized by civil liberties groups, were among the tactics the Bush administration adopted after the hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Full Story

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