posted on May, 26 2004 @ 11:37 PM
I believe there IS censorship going on here. These paragraphs are also from the same Washington Post article:
"One paragraph described the type of information that FBI agents could request under the law, while another merely listed the briefing schedule in
the case, according to court documents and the original news release.
The dispute set off a furious round of court filings in a case that serves as both a challenge to, and an illustration of, the far-reaching power of
the Patriot Act. Approved by Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the law gives the government greater latitude and secrecy in
counterterrorism investigations and includes a provision allowing the FBI to secretly demand customer records from Internet providers and other
businesses without a court order."
"The dispute over the ACLU's April 28 news release centered on two paragraphs. The first laid out the court's schedule for receiving legal briefs
and noted the name of the New York-based judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero.
The second paragraph read: "The provision under challenge allows an FBI agent to write a letter demanding the disclosure of the name, screen names,
addresses, e-mail header information, and other sensitive information held by 'electronic communication service providers.' "
Justice lawyers said that both paragraphs violated a secrecy order and that the ACLU should be required to seek an exemption to publicize the
information, court records show. Justice spokesman Charles Miller declined to comment yesterday.
"It simply never occurred to us that this information would be covered by the sealing order, because it's completely non-sensitive, generic
information," Beeson said.
The dispute was partly resolved yesterday. Marrero ruled that the briefing schedule could be publicized, along with edited versions of other court
filings. But the paragraph describing the information that can be sought remains absent. "
Personally, I appreciate knowing that an organization is willing to challenge the legality of allowing the FBI to secretly demand customer records
from Internet Providers and other businesses (which I assume could be as diverse as pizza delivery restaurants, book stores, sporting goods stores,
paint ball arenas, repair shops, motels...whatever) but the kicker is - they can do it WITHOUT A COURT ORDER. On a hunch. Cuz they feel like it.
Someone told them somethin'... Doesn't mean it's true...but hey, this is WAR.
And the partial resolution that was reached was hardly comforting. The ACLU was allowed to post the case's briefing schedule - whoopdee doo - BUT
they were not allowed to post the very heart of the matter - and that is: Your name, Your screen name, Your address, Your email header info and God
only knows what else - is their's for the asking. Period. No checks. No balance. Just police state tactics. In the land of the free.
(just pray your ex doesn't slip a note to the local FBI office that says she found you on your knees 5 times a day, in a direction towards the Middle
East...and you like guns)