National Security Letters and Gag Orders

Friday, January 04, 2013


The most serious kind of subpoena - called a 'National Security Letter' - used to have a lifetime gag-order automatically attached. That is until Nicholas Merrill appealed his and won the right to talk about it. Despite 50,000 national security letters a year, there are only three organizations that have ever won the right to say they got one. In a segment that originally aired in January of 2011, Nick Merrill tells Bob why he's the exception and the rule.


Nick Merrill

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Bob Garfield

Comments [1]

John Miller from Kansas City, Missouri

The National Security Letter reminds me of the Red Scare somehow. It's one more thing that doesn't seem right in a country that likes to think of itself as free and so on.
(I couldn't figure out how to simply e-mail a link of this story from options in the "share" menu)

Jan. 05 2013 04:45 AM

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