Court OKs Detainee Secrecy The U.S. government can keep secret the names of hundreds of people detained after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a federal appeals court rules. The court says releasing the information could give al Qaeda insight into terror investigations. The decision is a blow to some 20 civil liberties groups who claim the secret arrests violate the First Amendment right to free speech. Hear NPR's Jennifer Ludden.
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Court: U.S. Can Withhold Detainee Names

The U.S. government can keep secret the names of hundreds of people detained after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a federal appeals court rules. The court says releasing the information could give al Qaeda insight into terror investigations. The decision is a blow to some 20 civil liberties groups who claim the secret arrests violate the First Amendment right to free speech. Hear NPR's Jennifer Ludden.