Posted by Steve Chung

The New York Times has sued the U.S. Department of Defense for its failure to disclose documents regarding the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program. After the Times broke the story in December that the NSA had been intercepting domestic communications that were suspected to be linked with al Qaeda, it made a request for documents under the Freedom of Information Act. The Times sought a broad range of documents including all internal memorandum and emails about the program of monitoring phone calls without court approval, as well as the names of people or groups targed under the program. Dissatisfied with the lack of response from the Pentagon, the Times filed suit against the Department of Defense, as the parent agency of the NSA, asserting that the Pentagon failed to assert that any unusual circumstances would justify extra time to respond.