In One Eye

Friday, September 09, 2005
 
Bridgeport judge Janet Hall is giving the Bushies fits simply because she understands the tenets of the First Amendment.
A federal judge lifted a gag order Friday that shielded the identity of librarians who received an FBI demand for records about library patrons under the Patriot Act.

U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union, which argued that the gag order prevented their client from participating in a debate over whether Congress should reauthorize the Patriot Act.

"It's fabulous," said ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson. "Clearly the judge recognized it was profoundly undemocratic to gag a librarian from participating in the Patriot Act debate."

The ruling would allow the ACLU and its client to identify who received the request for records, but Hall stayed her decision until Sept. 20 to give the government a chance to appeal. Prosecutors said they were reviewing the decision and considering an appeal.
Let's face it: This is clearly an attempt by the Star Chamber Bushies to keep everything under the rug. Not allowing a librarian even to discuss the so-called USA PATRIOT Act is similar to not allowing the photographing of caskets returning from Iraq or FEMA not allowing the photographing of corpses in New Orleans.

If it reflects badly on Dear Leader in any way, the real powers that be will disallow it. Thank goodness that Judge Hall sees this strategy for what it is.