Legal Challenge to Expansion of Secrecy for Gov’t Docs.

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on August 3, 2005

Press release: “The National Security Archive, along with other secrecy experts, today filed a ‘friend of the court’ brief ( 42 pages, PDF) in a lawsuit challenging the FBI’s authority to issue national security letters (NSLs) without any judicial oversight and under a blanket gag order that prohibits the recipient from speaking with anyone about the NSL. The amicus curiae brief was filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which is reviewing a lower court decision (122 pages, PDF) that held that the NSL authority violated the First and Fourth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”

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