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Saturday, May 01, 2004

Law - Patriot Act Suppresses News Of Challenge to Patriot Act

"Patriot Act Suppresses News Of Challenge to Patriot Act," was the headline to this story published Thursday in the Washington Post that I, for one, had overlooked until today when I saw it mentioned in Dan Gillmor's column. Some quotes:

The American Civil Liberties Union disclosed yesterday that it filed a lawsuit three weeks ago challenging the FBI's methods of obtaining many business records, but the group was barred from revealing even the existence of the case until now. The lawsuit was filed April 6 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, but the case was kept under seal to avoid violating secrecy rules contained in the USA Patriot Act, the ACLU said. The group was allowed to release a redacted version of the lawsuit after weeks of negotiations with the government. "It is remarkable that a gag provision in the Patriot Act kept the public in the dark about the mere fact that a constitutional challenge had been filed in court," Ann Beeson, the ACLU's associate legal director, said in a statement.
The redacted complaint and some other documents are available here on the ACLU site.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 1, 2004 07:57 PM
Posted to General Law Related