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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A provision of the Patriot Act that requires people who are formally contacted by the FBI for information to keep it a secret is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero sided with the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit and argued that an FBI letter requesting information - called a National Security Letter - is effectively a gag order but without the authorization of a judge.
The FBI tells people who receive the letters to keep them secret, but recipients can challenge the secrecy order in court under a 2006 congressional amendment to the NSL law.
The law says judges must defer to the FBI's view that secrecy is necessary, undermining the judiciary's check on the power of the executive branch, the ACLU said.
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How do you feel about the judge's ruling to strike down the Patriot Act's secrecy order?
Less secure. This compromises secrecy of an investigation
More secure. This upholds civil liberties & basic rights
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2287 days ago
the way I see it, if you've done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide, then you've got nothing to be concerned about.
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