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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Trevor Timm
The Obama administration on Tuesday will release more than 1,000 pages of declassified documents, including formerly secret court filings and rulings, that explain how the government has interpreted the Patriot Act to justify its broad collection of data about Americans' phone calls and emails.
But he noted in his blog that the Justice Department "is releasing this information because a court has ordered it to do so" in response to the foundation's FOIA lawsuit.
Mr. Timm said the Justice Department had spent the two years since the lawsuit was filed on the 10th anniversary of the enactment of the Patriot Act fighting "tooth and nail to keep every page of its interpretations secret, even once arguing it should not even be compelled to release the number of pages that their opinions consisted of."