Thursday, April 13, 2006


Patriot Act Set-back

This came along yesterday: it could keep, but not indefinitely. The government is now flopping over on some parts of the Patriot Act. One of the most unpopular and unconstitutional parts, at least. I don’t think the DOJ anticipated quite the shit-storm they stirred up. But, for the government, it's win some, lose some—they've attacked American traditions on so many different fronts, they can afford a few set-backs.

Prosecutors Drop Appeal in Librarian Case

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press WriterWed Apr 12, 12:48 PM ET;_ylt=AsIZ3.sTbsB_IupzoNOKHrJH2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MXN1bHE0BHNlYwN0bWE-

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday they will no longer seek to enforce a gag order on Connecticut librarians who received an FBI demand for records about library patrons under the Patriot Act.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought a lawsuit on behalf of the librarians, said it will identify them once court proceedings are completed in the next few weeks.

U.S. District Judge Janet Hall ruled last year that the gag order should be lifted, saying it unfairly prevented the librarians from participating in a debate over how the Patriot Act should be rewritten.

Prosecutors appealed, but U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor said Wednesday that the appeal no longer made sense.

The librarian has already been identified in news reports and the Patriot Act was changed to include a procedure to request an exemption from the nondisclosure requirement, he said.

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