Appeals Court Paves Way for Gagged Librarians to Speak Publicly for the First Time

The ACLU Says A federal appeals court ruled yesterday on two constitutional challenges filed by the ACLU to the Patriot Act's National Security Letter (NSL) provision, saying in one of the cases that a district court should consider the constitutionality of the provision in light of recent amendments made by Congress.

"Two separate lower courts found the Patriot Act"s National Security Letter provision to be undemocratic and unconstitutional," said Jameel Jaffer, the ACLU attorney who argued the New York case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. "We believe that recent amendments to the law make the provision worse, not better, and we are confident the district court will agree."

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Libraries Win Against Secrecy But Don't Comment

The outrage of http://lisnews.org/article.pl?sid=06/04/13/1736253 may end on Tuesday May 30, 2006 depending on how convincing the gagged librarians are when they comment at a news conference. http://www.aclu.org/safefree/patriot/25654prs20060 524.html

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