(AP) — The Supreme Court
agreed on Monday to hear a case in which a group of Muslim
residents of California claim the FBI
targeted them for surveillance based on their faith.
It is the court's second case for the fall involving a government claim of "state secrets," the idea that the government can prevent the release of information that it claims would jeopardize national security
As is customary, the court made no comment Monday other than to say it will hear the case after the summer recess and resume hearing arguments in October.
In the other state secrets case, the justices have agreed to decide whether a Palestinian
captured after the Sept. 11 attacks and detained at the prison
on the US base at Guantanamo Bay
, can obtain access to information classified as state secrets by the government.
The case accepted by the court on Monday involves three Muslim residents of Southern California
who claim that the FBI paid a confidential informant to gather information about Muslims in Orange County, California, based solely on their religion
, from 2006 to 2007.
After the federal government invoked the state secrets privilege, a district court dismissed the case, agreeing that continuing the case would "greatly risk disclosure of secret information." However, an appeals court overturned the decision.