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Maine Responds To Lawsuit Over Domestic Surveillance Program

Helen Couture / WCSH Portland | September 13 2006

The Maine attorney general's office has filed its response to a federal lawsuit aimed at blocking the release of information related to the government's domestic surveillance program.

The federal government sued after the Maine Public Utilities Commission ordered Verizon to provide a sworn statement about the warrantless eavesdropping program. The agency is looking into whether phone companies violated consumer protection laws.

Attorney General Steven Rowe says the state has a process in place and that the federal government should not try to step in.

Maine's filing in U.S. District Court in Bangor comes a day after New Jersey filed its response to a similar lawsuit. New Jersey contends it has the right to information because the surveillance program is no longer secret.

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