In One Eye

Wednesday, August 31, 2005
 
I kind of missed the latest wrinkle in the Connecticut library case.
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued to lift the gag on a Connecticut library under investigation by the FBI, which has used a section of the USA PATRIOT Act to demand records.

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued to lift the gag on a Connecticut library under investigation by the FBI, which has used a section of the USA PATRIOT Act to demand records. The ACLU wants its client—which was not identified, nor was the type of library specified—to participate in the public debate about the Patriot Act as Congress prepares to reauthorize or amend it in the coming weeks.
This is typical Bush Star Chamber modus operandi. Don't allow the defendant a public hearing—don't even allow the public to know that a hearing is occurring at all.

I'm struck by the similarity between this type of setup and the infamous lettres de cachet of more than two centuries ago. This neo-tyranny is how civil rights are handled in the new Amerika.