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U.S. Federal Legislation: National Security

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill (S. 2533) that would require the Executive Branch to obtain court approval from a federal court each time it invokes the state secrets privilege in a civil action as a way to prevent information from being released. Under the bill, the Executive Branch would also be required to provide a report to Congress on each item within 30 days of invoking the privilege. The full Senate has not announced whether it will take up the measure.

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