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Anonymous ISP Owner Speaks Out, As Feds Appeal Ruling Against Patriot Act

from the freedom-of-speech,-eh? dept

It will probably come as little surprise, but the Justice Depatment has now made it official that it plans to appeal the ruling that found that the parts of the Patriot Act that expanded the power of so-called "National Security Letters" was unconstitutional. The issue here is that the Justice Department has been using these letters to get private info from telcos, ISPs and others without any oversight. Beyond not even needing to get a judge's approval, the FBI has apparently been so disorganized that it tracks the use of these NSLs on index cards and has had trouble keeping track of how often they're used. Not surprisingly, a court found this all problematic, but the Justice Department continues to insist that it's just fine and dandy. In response, the anonymous small ISP owner who filed the original lawsuit has spoken out against the policy, noting that the gag order imposed on recipients of national security letters makes it "impossible... to discuss their specific concerns with the public, the press and Congress." He also stated: "This seems to be counterintuitive to everything I assumed about this country's commitment to free speech and the value of political discourse." Indeed. It's yet to be explained why there isn't any oversight here at all. Given the opportunity for abuse when there's no oversight, can someone give a good reason why these things should be allowed? They can be just as effective with a judge approving them. However, with no oversight and the corresponding gag order, it seems like an open playing field for abuse of the system. Given that the FBI can't even track how they're using these tools, it seems even more dangerous.

Filed Under: national security letters, patriot act


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  1. identicon
    burt, 1 Jun 2008 @ 8:51am

    while you were sleeping

    There are many laws on the books that go way back that most everyone dosent know about that are unconstituitional and undermine your freedoms, they were cunningly crafted and quietly slipped into the books , the patriot act is just the latest, Even the name Patriot act reeks of deception.... These Laws are quietly pressured into the system then one day they are established and before you know it, whala!! you are living in a police state..Tyrant have no new schemes, freedom demands eternal vidulence.. The patriot act need to be dragged out into the sunshine and a stake driven thru it. Speak up now or forever hold your peace.. (literally)

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