There's a first time for everything

Even as Congress debates extending the Patriot Act's powers and removing its sunshine provisions,the New York Times reports that the FBI has requested extensive documents on library and Internet usage from what we can only assume is a library.

We can only assume because the FBI has put the case under a strict gag order, such that, as ACLU director Anthony Romero writes on his blog,


The ACLU itself can't even talk about what type of institution our client is. We can say they collect library and Internet records, and that they are members of the American Library Association, but we have to leave it at that for fear of violating the Patriot Act gag provisions. Needless to say, the First Amendment has seen better days.
The ACLU is looking to lift the gag order before the Act is beyond debate. You can download their redacted complaint asking for the gag order to be lifted from their website.
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