Judge Voids F.B.I Tool

Posted: 9/07/2007 by Floyd in Labels:

A federal judge has struck down parts of the revised USA Patriot Act that authorized the F.B.I to use informal secret demands called national security letters to compel companies to provide customer records. The in short would have allowed the F.B.I to force communication companies including telephone and Internet providers, to turn over records without court authorization. But it went further to actually forbid the companies to tell customers what was going on, the judge ruled the measure violated the First Amendment and separation of powers guarantee. The identity of the Internet service provider that brougt this case remains secret, the judge also pointed to the Supreme Court's decision endorsing the interment of Japanese-Americans during the second World War and racially segregated railroad cars in the 19th century,,quote; “The only thing left of the judiciary’s function for those Americans in that experience,” he wrote, “was a symbolic act: to sing a requiem and lower the flag on the Bill of Rights.”
New York Times

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  1. This should let every American know that this President is doing things to the people in this country that not legal, all in the name of the Patriot Act.

  1. Floyd says:

    I have not read the whole details from this thing, but according to this ruling there is a big 'Grey' area that most don't know about. It is hard for us to do much because we are a free society and we like it that way, this seems to be to much control by the government, if we are to use this as a deterent to terrorism It would be an enormous task to just pick out people at random order, in other words look at the vastness of the internet or for that matter the vastness of phones in general, it is kinda like the WMD myth that never materialized. If this were only used to fight terrorism I am sure every American would go along with it, but from what I have been reading it is to vague in describing just what they want to accomplish. Thanks for dropping by let's talk good to hear from you.

  1. Octavian says:

    As an Informationalist I am already adverse to secrets. But state sanctioned secrecy is definitely something I would like to see end in my lifetime.