Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Patriot Act Gag Provisions Invalidated

Score one for the ACLU.

"The appeals court invalidated parts of the statute that wrongly placed the burden on NSL recipients to initiate judicial review of gag orders, holding that the government has the burden to go to court and justify silencing NSL recipients," said the ACLU in a release. "The appeals court also invalidated parts of the statute that narrowly limited judicial review of the gag orders – provisions that required the courts to treat the government's claims about the need for secrecy as conclusive and required the courts to defer entirely to the executive branch."

Because of the ruling, the government will now be forced to justify individual gag orders before a court, instead of casually wielding the power of a blanket gag as the Bush administration has done since the blindingly fast passage of the Patriot Act in Oct. 2001.
Scrubbing Bush's grubby fingerprints off the Constitution, one court battle at a time.

1 comment:

  1. Damn, you beat me to this by a few hours.

    Isn't it great, though?! :)