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Newly declassified surveillance documents released

Washiington (AP) - Another release of declassified government surveillance documents is underway as part of an ongoing civil liberties lawsuit.

The Obama administration published more than 1,000 pages of once-secret court opinions and National Security Agency procedures on the website of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Monday night.

The administration has released other files as part of the lawsuit and on its own to preserve the intelligence community's surveillance powers. It says this is key to tracking terror suspects. Privacy activists say it's a breach of the Constitution's ban on unreasonable search and seizure of evidence from innocent Americans.

The administration faces growing pressure to reveal details about the government's domestic surveillance program since a former intelligence contractor released documents showing trawling of domestic data by the NSA.

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