Don’t you let nobody turn you round…

The groundbreaking resistance to the Patriot Act to date concerns four librarians at the Library Connection, a Connecticut library consortium, who challenged the constitutionality of a National Security Letter presented by the FBI demanding patron records at a Connecticut public library. With the assistance of the ACLU, the librarians ultimately prevailed when a gag order on discussing the case was lifted, and the FBI abandoned its attempt to enforce the National Security Letter. The Patriot Act, however, was re-authorized by Congress in 2006, and Section 215 remains in place, with some changes to the standards of its implementation.


Barton Gellman, “The FBI’s Secret Scrutiny,”, November 6, 2005. Online (February 28, 2007) Available

Shaun Waterman, “National-Security Letter to Library Group Dropped,” The Washington Times, June 27, 2006. Online (February 28, 2007) Available

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