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FW: [CPI-UA] Librarians Win as U.S. Relents on Secrecy Law By ANAHAD O'CONNOR Hi everyone,

Re. below, is something to celebrate. Although this is US based, Canadian librarians shouldn’t assume it can’t happen here.

Have a pleasant Easter holiday weekend,
Leo

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Subject: [CPI-UA] Librarians Win as U.S. Relents on Secrecy Law By ANAHAD O'CONNOR

JURIST link to gag order against librarians in  Patriot Act case (may be updated  today)

http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2005/09/federal-appeals-court-reinstates-gag.php
 
Library Connections, Inc., George Christian vs. USA Patriot  Act <http://librarian.lishost.org/?p=270>  November 7,  2005

New York Times April 13, 2006
After fighting ferociously for months, federal prosecutors relented yesterday and agreed to allow a Connecticut library group to identify itself as the recipient of a secret F.B.I. <http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/f/federal_bureau_of_investigation/index.html?inline=nyt-org>  demand for records in a counterterrorism investigation.

The decision ended a dispute over whether the broad provisions for secrecy in the USA Patriot Act, the antiterror law, trumped the free speech rights of library officials. The librarians had gone to federal court to gain permission to identify themselves as the recipients of the secret subpoena, known as a national security letter, ordering them to turn over patron records and e-mail messages.
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