How did we get here?
In the same way that censorship is regarded as a BUG by the old programmers who BUILT the internet, so one might regard National Security Letters as something like the EBOLA VIRUS.
National Security Letters are basically COURTLESS WARRANTS, self-granted by the DOJ and FBI. If you think that sounds unconstitutional as all hell, then you are not alone. You are likely sitting there with your mouth agape, wondering why on Earth these sleazy court-free warrants – that even include their own gag orders – should EXIST at all.
Well, NSLs were birthed along with a lot of other communist nonsense in 1978. Make sense now? Yes. They have been protected from being struck down by SCOTUS by – surprise, surprise, surprise – the Communist Ninth Circus Court of Repeals. GO FIGURE. Just like “privacy-loving” Obama “grudgingly” kept and strengthened the Patriot Act. Just like “anti-capitalist”…
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