hydrofix writes: Techdirt has been following a story of DoJ's classified interpretation of the PATRIOT Act. Specifically, it's all about Section 215, the so-called "business-records provision," which empowers FBI to get businesses to turn over any records it deems relevant to a security investigation. Senators Ron Ryden and Mark Udall have been pushing the government to reveal how it uses these provisions to deploy 'dragnets' for massive amounts of information on private citizens "without any connection to terrorism or espionage," a secret reinterpretation that is "inconsistent with the public's understanding of these laws." After NYTimes reporter Charlie Savage had his Freedom of Information request denied, NYTimes has now sued the government to reveal how it interprets the very law under which it's required to operate.
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