District judge rules to block release of information on subway searches

A U.S. district judge ruled to block the release of information on subway searches from the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU).

The NYCLU wanted the information about random bag searches released to show the searches are unconstitutional. Earlier, a magistrate judge ordered the city to release information, including how many searches are done in a month.

However, the district judge overruled the order saying the city may be able to prove the searches keep terrorists out of subways. The judge says the success of the searches may depend on its secrecy and releasing information would counteract that success.

Related story New York Civil Liberties Union files suit against NYPD over bag searches

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