Federal appeals court reinstates gag order against librarians in Patriot Act case

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] has granted a stay of US District Court Judge Janet Hall's decision to lift the gag order [JURIST report] imposed on plaintiffs suing the government over an FBI order issued under the Patriot Act. The ruling, issued late Tuesday, will prevent the unidentified library plaintiffs represented by the ACLU [press release] from discussing its lawsuit initiated last year after it received a National Security Letter [form letter, PDF] ordering it to turn over patron information. The ACLU has argued that the gag order prevents its client from participating in the debate over the USA Patriot Act [PDF text; JURIST news archive]. Wednesday's New York Times has more.

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