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Feds sue to block release of details of domestic surveillance records

AP | August 22 2006

PORTLAND, Maine Federal prosecutors have sued state utility regulators in Maine and Verizon Communications to block the release of information related to the government's domestic surveillance program.

On August ninth, the Public Utilities Commission ordered Verizon to provide a sworn statement about the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping program. The P-U-C was reacting to alleged privacy law violations.

The suit says the order would "place Verizon in a position of having to confirm or deny the existence of information that cannot be confirmed or denied without causing exceptionally grave harm to national security."

In May, Verizon said it would not discuss any relationship with the N-S-A program, but denied reports that it had provided customer call data or records.

There are similar suits in New Jersey and Missouri.

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