The suit comes after the government declined a series of Freedom of Information requests that may have shown a secret way in which law enforcement interprets the USA Patriot Act.
The suit stems from a report in May by reporter Charlie Savage, when two senators “referenced secret elements to the Patriot Act and offered an amendment to make public the details that had previously been withheld,” a report by Politico explained. “In other words, the senators said, there was one version of the anti-terrorism measure presented to the public, and another withheld by the government. They proposed making the ‘secret’ version public.”
The act, which has expanded the FBI’s powers, was first signed into law in 2001 under the Bush administration, and was renewed in 2009 under the Obama administration.