EFF Sues Over National Security Letters... But Can't Tell You Who Its Clients Are
from the because-secrecy dept
Well, here we go again, as the EFF has challenged NSLs issued to two separate companies -- one telco and one internet company. However, because of the gag orders, EFF isn't even allowed to say who its clients are in these filings.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed two briefs on Friday challenging secret government demands for information known as National Security Letters (NSLs) with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The briefs—one filed on behalf of a telecom company and another for an Internet company—remain under seal because the government continues to insist that even identifying the companies involved might endanger national security.We have yet to see any good reason for why the government can claim that the mere fact that a company has received a National Security Letter needs to be classified.
While the facts surrounding the specific companies and the NSLs they are challenging cannot be disclosed, their legal positions are already public: the NSL statute is a violation of the First Amendment as well as the constitutional separation of powers.