posted on Apr, 30 2004 @ 08:46 PM
The ACLU filed a lawsuit three weeks ago challenging some aspects of the Patriot Act.
They weren't allowed to make that known to the public because the case was kept under seal to avoid violating secrecy rules contained in the Patriot
They were finally able to release an edited version of the lawsuit after weeks of negotiations with the government.
The lawsuit was about a section of the Patriot Act concerning the seizing of financial records and other documents from businesses without a warrant
or judicial approval.
The bureau has issued scores of the requests since late 2001, requiring businesses to turn over electronic records about finances, telephone
calls, e-mail messages and other personal information, according to previously released documents. The requests may be issued independently by FBI
field offices and are not subject to judicial review unless a case comes to court.
[Edited on 30-4-2004 by AceOfBase]