TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: An ISP Gets a "National Security Letter" With a Gag Order

An ISP Gets a "National Security Letter" With a Gag Order

Danny Burstein (
Tue, 27 Mar 2007 10:22:15 -0400 (EDT)

" ... Three years ago, I received a national security letter (NSL) in
my capacity as the president of a small Internet access and consulting
business. The letter ordered me to provide sensitive information about
one of my clients. There was no indication that a judge had reviewed
or approved the letter, and it turned out that none had.

" ... Living under the gag order has been stressful and surreal. Under the
threat of criminal prosecution, I must hide all aspects of my involvement
in the case -- including the mere fact that I received an NSL -- from my
colleagues, my family and my friends. When I meet with my attorneys I
cannot tell my girlfriend where I am going or where I have been ...

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Linkname: My National Security Letter Gag Order -
Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key
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