In One Eye

Wednesday, September 21, 2005
This is really no surprise.
A federal appeals court has put a hold on a Connecticut judge's ruling that had lifted a gag order on Connecticut librarians who received an FBI demand for records about library patrons under the Patriot Act.

The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled yesterday that a Connecticut federal court injunction ordering disclosure of the identities should be put on hold until it can hear the government's appeal.
At this point, we're playing a waiting game as the feds prepare their case. Evidently they'll argue that "the gag order only prevent[s] the release of the client's identity, not the client's ability to speak about the Patriot Act." To which I say that if no one is legally identified, can his voice really be heard? The argument seems to me to be fallacious on its face, or am I missing something here?