If there’s anything that could motivate me more for the election this fall, it’s crap like this – care of the so-called Patriot Act that Ashcroft rammed through Congress after 9/11. Yes, voting out the current administration won’t magically make this sham piece of law disapper, but its a start.
The American Civil Liberties Union disclosed yesterday that it filed a lawsuit three weeks ago challenging the FBI’s methods of obtaining many business records, but the group was barred from revealing even the existence of the case until now.
The lawsuit was filed April 6 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, but the case was kept under seal to avoid violating secrecy rules contained in the USA Patriot Act, the ACLU said. The group was allowed to release a redacted version of the lawsuit after weeks of negotiations with the government.