As more details surface, the scarier it gets
In August, a Connecticut library organization was served with a national security letter demanding sensitive information about patrons, including borrowed materials and Internet use. And since the USA Patriot Act says that anyone who receives such a letter is prohibited from ever telling anyone about the demand, this organization is known only as John Doe. Nevertheless, Doe decided to challenge the secret letter in court, and on Sept. 9 U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall said the gag order violates the First Amendment. "John Doe" has a First Amendment right to engage in the "current and lively debate in this country over the renewal of the Patriot Act," she ruled. An appeal by the government is expected.