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Secret Court Rebuffs Ashcroft
Justice Dept. Rebuked on Misinformation
Washington Post, 8/23/02 Pg A01: The secretive federal court that approves spying on terror suspects in the United States has refused to give the Justice Department broad new powers, saying the government had misused the law and misled the court dozens of times, according to an extraordinary legal ruling released yesterday….

The opinion itself — and the court’s unprecedented decision to release it — suggest that relations between the court and officials at the Justice Department and the FBI have frayed badly.