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>>Marrero ruled that the provision in the Patriot Act allowing such letters "effectively bars or substantially deters any judicial challenge" and violates free-speech rights by imposing permanent silence on targeted companies.
Writing that "democracy abhors undue secrecy," Marrero said "an unlimited government warrant to conceal ... has no place in our open society."
"Under the mantle of secrecy, the self-preservation that ordinarily impels our government to censorship and secrecy may potentially be turned on ourselves as a weapon of self-destruction," Marrero wrote. "At that point, secrecy's protective shield may serve not as much to secure a safe country as simply to save face."<<