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Lawyers ask for rehearing of secret-court issue

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  • Adel Daoud of Hillside

      Adel Daoud of Hillside

 
Associated Press

A terrorism suspect's attorneys have asked a full appeals court in Chicago to rehear the question of whether the defense can see secret intelligence-court records.

Adel Daoud's lawyers made the request in a Tuesday filing with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel ruled against them in June.

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The issue touches on revelations by Edward Snowden about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA court, and how it OK'd expanded spying programs.

Daoud, a Hillside resident, denies trying to ignite a bomb in Chicago. The 20-year-old's attorneys say seeing FISA documents about Daoud is key to their defense.

The three judges ruled that opening up the papers could jeopardize national security. But Tuesday's filing says that ruling "tilts entirely in favor of surveillance and against the protection of civil liberties."

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