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Belfast Project: Belfast Court Enjoins the PSNI

There is still some life in the Belfast Project case! The Belfast Telegraph reports that Winston “Winkie” Rae, a former Loyalist prisoner, has obtained an injunction preventing the PSNI from traveling to Boston to collect the taped recording of his Belfast Project interview. The story does not give any details about the legal arguments, so I’m not really sure what his lawyers argued to the court. I am interested, though, to know how Article 7(2) of the MLAT plays into the latest developments. That article provides:
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Belfast Project: Jonathan Zittrain on Cryptography for Archives

Professor Jonathan Zittrain had a very interesting op-ed in the Globe recently on lessons of the Belfast Project case for archivists. He suggests the development and use of what he calls “time-capsule cryptography” to protect archives from the subpoena power of a court.
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Belfast Project: Report on the Hearing on NBC’s Request To Unseal Documents

Yesterday, Judge Young heard arguments on NBC’s request to unseal the Belfast Project materials. Curiously, NBC did not appear at the hearing. It may be that it did not receive notice of the hearing. This is not surprising, since rather than entering an appearance through counsel and making a motion to lift the order of impoundment. “I don’t respond to letters,” Judge Young said. (Richard O’Rawe’s lawyers in Northern Ireland also submitted a letter—a very odd letter—that the judge also ignored and that I will ignore, too). All the same, the Judge thought he had an independent obligation to determine whether to maintain the impoundment now that the case is over. Hence yesterday’s hearing.
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