Judge Rejects DOJ’s Secrecy Argument That Public Doesnít Know How to Evade Location Tracking

In a case involving a Freedom of Information Act request for information related to government policies and procedures for law enforcement use of cell phone tracking, a federal judge has ordered the release of records, which the Justice Department sought to keep secret by claiming they would 'alert law violators'- otherwise known as criminals- to how to evade detection.

The ACLU in Northern California and San Francisco Bay Guardian filed a lawsuit seeking documents on location tracking technology on July 31, 2012. The Justice Department has produced a few documents but has continued to insist that many of the documents requested are 'work product' so they are protected from disclosure. The agency has also refused to search for documents that were requested.

Relevant portions in something called USABook, a 'legal resource book and reference guide for federal prosecutors,' were identified, but the Justice Department claimed they could keep the sections secret because they contain details on 'investigatory techniques.' Continue>>>