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Wednesday, November 28, 2007. *

[ Politicized ] Bush DOJ attempts subpoena for list of 24,000 Amazon customers

"The (subpoena's) chilling effect on expressive e-commerce would frost keyboards across America. Well-founded or not, rumors of an Orwellian federal criminal investigation into the reading habits of Amazon's customers could frighten countless potential customers into canceling planned online book purchases," the judge wrote in a ruling he unsealed last week.
~U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker

Interesting story on how this came to light, far more interesting is, wondering what other nefarious things are going on under cover of NSL's (National Security Letters).

Also see,
In Hunt for Terrorists, Bureau Examines Records of Ordinary Americans

NSLs....Since the Washington Post was nice enough to create an excellent graphical summary of Barton Gellman's front page story about the skyrocketing use of "National Security Letters," I'm going to reproduce it here instead of writing my own summary. When you're done reading it, be sure to read the whole story above.

(Note: Click to enlarge).
posted by Uncle $cam at 1:45 AM
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