Judge Richard Posner announced the public portion of the proceedings had concluded and ordered the courtroom cleared so the judges could hold a “secret hearing.” Daoud's attorney, Thomas Anthony Durkin, rose to object, but Posner did not acknowledge him. Deputy U.S. marshals ordered everyone out. Durkin, a veteran Chicago lawyer, said he was not notified in advance that there would be a secret hearing and called the move unprecedented. “Not only do I not get to be there, but I didn't even get to object,” Durkin said. “I had to object over the fact that I couldn't even make an objection.” It was the latest illustration of the lightning rod Daoud's case has become in the fallout over controversial government spying programs revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Daoud, now 20, is facing trial on charges he plotted to set off a bomb outside a bar.