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RE: Judge overturns Patriot Act ISP provision
Here is more- the AP feed on the thing I mentioned:
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Times sued Attorney General John Ashcroft today.
The newspaper is seeking -- on First Amendment grounds -- to block the Justice Department from obtaining records of phone calls between two journalists and their confidential sources.
The lawsuit asks a judge to intervene and stop the the justice department from getting the records as part of a probe aimed at learning the names of government employees who may have given information to the newspaper.
It said the government intends to get the records, which reflect confidential communications between journalists Philip Shenon and Judith Miller and their sources.
The lawsuit said the justice department has advised the Times that it plans to obtain records of all telephone calls by Shenon and Miller for 20 days in the months after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Times lawyer George Freeman said most of the sources had no link to the government's probe.
Attorney Floyd Abrams, who filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, said it's a very dangerous notion for the justice department to seek phone records from third parties rather than the Times.
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, a Chicago special prosecutor appointed to investigate government leaks, asked the Times in August 2002 and again in July to produce Shenon and Miller for interviews and to produce records of their calls.
The lawsuit said the prosecutor threatened that if the Times didn't cooperate, he'd obtain phone records from third parties. In a letter dated Friday, Deputy Attorney General James Comey said the justice department had decided to proceed to obtain the records.
According to the lawsuit, the government told the Times it wanted phone records from Shenon for a probe into a leak by a government employee about a planned raid on the offices of the Global Relief Foundation, an Islamic charity group accused of funding terrorist operations.
The December, 2001, raid wasn't unexpected, and the newspaper had reported on October 1st, 2001, that the group was suspected of providing money to terrorist operations. Neither Shenon nor the Times reported on the raid until after it occurred.
The lawsuit said Miller's phone records are being sought in connection with an investigation into an alleged leak from a government employee in late September and early October 2001. It said the alleged leak concerned a government decision to freeze the assets of the Global Relief Foundation and a Dallas Islamic charity, the Holy Land Foundation, both accused of aiding Hamas.
(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
oooooh wheeeee, that slippery slope's gettin' mighty steep these days!
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