Secret law

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A secret law is a binding statute, regulation, policy, or directive that has been kept secret from the person to whom it applies. Such laws were common in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries.[citation needed] The term has been used in reference to some counterterrorist measures[1] taken by the Bush Administration in the United States following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Patriot Act has been referred to as having secret interpretations.[2]


Secret laws and their negative effects are described in Kafka's novel The Trial.

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  1. ^ "The Arrival of Secret Law". FAS Project on Government Secrecy. 14 November 2004. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Ackerman, Spencer (25 May 2011). "There’s a Secret Patriot Act, Senator Says". Wired. Retrieved 26 May 2011.