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US Appeals Ruling To Let Lawyers See Secret ‘National Security’ Files

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Prosecutors say a judge's decision granting lawyers in a Chicago terrorism case unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records could jeopardize national security.   (Credit: Thinkstock)

Prosecutors say a judge’s decision granting lawyers in a Chicago terrorism case unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records could jeopardize national security. (Credit: Thinkstock)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors say a judge’s decision granting lawyers in a Chicago terrorism case unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records could jeopardize national security.

In an appeal filed Monday with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, prosecutors said another court “misjudged the damage to national security” by opening the documents.

It asks the appeals court to overturn the decision in the case of Adel Daoud, who denies the government’s allegations that he sought to bomb a Chicago bar in 2012.

In her January ruling, Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said she knew she’s the first judge to rule defense lawyers could see documents filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. She said it would help ensure Daoud gets a trial.

Revelations by Edward Snowden focused fresh scrutiny on the secret FISA court.

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