Magazine article American Libraries

"John Doe" Court Records Released

Magazine article American Libraries

"John Doe" Court Records Released

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ordered August 2 the full disclosure of court records related to Doe v. Gonzales--the challenge to the FBI's 2005 demand that Connecticut's Library Connection consortium turn over records of patrons' computer use (AL, Aug., p. 8-9). The next day, the American Civil Liberties Union posted the documents, which include Justice Ginsburg's October 7, 2005, decision not to reverse a lower-court gag order on Library Connection officers Barbara Bailey, Peter Chase, George Christian, and Janet Nocek; the unredacted National Security Letter (NSL) that the plaintiffs had challenged; and the September 21, 2005, New York Times article identifying the Library Connection as John Doe based on an insufficiently redacted Justice Department filing that had been posted online.

The documents include the original NSL that had sought the February 15, 2005, access logs generated between 2 and 2:45 p.m. Eastern time for a specific Library Connection member's IP address. …

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