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.

Sources:

Barton Gellman, “The FBI’s Secret Scrutiny,” WashingtonPost.com, November 6, 2005. Online (February 28, 2007) Available http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/05/AR2005110501366.html

Shaun Waterman, “National-Security Letter to Library Group Dropped,” The Washington Times, June 27, 2006. Online (February 28, 2007) Available http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20060626-110156-3734r.htm

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