National Security Letters, the USA PATRIOT Act, and the Constitution: The tensions between national security and civil rights

@article{GorhamOscilowski2008NationalSL,
  title={National Security Letters, the USA PATRIOT Act, and the Constitution: The tensions between national security and civil rights},
  author={Ursula Gorham-Oscilowski and Paul T. Jaeger},
  journal={Government Information Quarterly},
  year={2008},
  volume={25},
  pages={625-644}
}
In response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the USA PATRIOTAct greatly expanded the ability of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use National Security Letters (NSLs) in investigations and the contexts in which they could be used by relaxing the standards under which NSLs could be employed. NSLs allow investigators to acquire a significant amount of information about the subject of an investigation, and the range and frequency of uses of NSLs has risen dramatically since the passage of… CONTINUE READING
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