What We Couldn’t Know

Before the last USA PATRIOT Act extension, we couldn’t hear this testimony from a librarian served with one of tens of thousands of National Security Letters issued to US citizens without court oversight and with an automatic and indefinite gag order built in. After all, maybe we would have told our congressional representatives not to vote for it. Information that’s useful for decision-making? Can’t have that.

Not unless we work for the NYPD or the FBI – as Jenna Freedman has pointed out.


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