Under the gag provision, once a person was targeted in an investigation, and sent a "security letter", that person had no right to defend himself against the accusations. If he was not charged with anything, he still had the onerous accusations over his head, and was not allowed to even say he was innocent.
Today, that has all changed. Kudos to the courts for that, and another big middle finger to the Patriot Act.
Historical note: Although people will remember that it was the Bush administration that rammed through the Patriot Act, it will, unfortunately, be forgotten that this was merely an extension to Bill Clinton's own so-called 1994 Antiterrorism Act. It takes two political parties to tango and take away your freedoms. It only takes the efforts of American citizens to get those freedoms back. Never forget - They don't own us. We own THEM.
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