FBI's Pursuit of Library Records Challenged


U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall held a hearing on Wednesday for the Connecticut librarian involved with a PATRIOT request in Connecticut. U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor urged Hall to consider the government's interest and public policy demands for maintaining secrecy.

Hall said she would issue a ruling next week on the ACLU's motion for a preliminary injunction. Whichever way Hall rules, one or both of the parties is likely to take the matter to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Connecticut Post has some details, as does The NY Times,


I read the Connecticut article and couldn't make heads or tails out of the pronouns. Couldn't tell if there were even real people involved or some sort of John Doe representing an organization. I don't know if the writing was just terribly poor, the case confusing, or if it just seems so unimportant. Maybe all three. But the courtroom was packed with librarians. I think I heard a local ad about the NRA and the ACLU fighting the PA. I guess they don't want their records checked either.

There are two plaintiffs represented by the ACLU.

Both individuals are agents of the instititution(s) served with the NSL by the FBI.

The nature of the NSL statute (allows FBI to ask for electronic transaction and communication records by merely issuing an administrative subpoena backed by a gag order) means that it almost certainly issued to an institution or entity providing those services.

For example, the plaintiff in the original NSL suit filed by the ACLU is a Florida ISP.