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September 6, 2007

BORDC Releases Video on FBI National Security Letters

Nancy Talanian, Director
Bill of Rights Defense Committee


Northampton, MA - FBI Unbound: How National Security Letters Violate Our Privacy is a new, 26-minute video that explores the repercussions of the FBI's power to demand hundreds of thousands of Americans' private records without any oversight by a court or Congress.

Two former Department of Justice (DOJ) officials, Lisa Graves and Bruce Fein, share their views on how the expanded, unchecked power threatens Americans' privacy and diverts resources from genuine threats. George Christian of Library Connection gives his unique perspective as an NSL recipient who challenged the letter he received and the accompanying, permanent gag order. Christian and three of his colleagues are the only people, out of thousands of NSL recipients, who can legally talk about that experience.

The video, edited by Matt Ehling of ETS Pictures, provides a window into one of several controversial post-9/11 expansions of executive branch powers. BORDC director Nancy Talanian hopes local showings of the video will open dialogue nationwide about whether the power needs to be curbed to protect U.S. residents' constitutional rights.

According to Talanian, "FBI Unbound puts the FBI's use of a far-reaching power in focus and invites viewers to ask whether they want law enforcement to have unlimited, unchecked access to records of Americans with no suspected ties to terrorism."

BORDC is releasing the video in time for public showings and house parties around Constitution Day, which is September 17th. The organization plans a broader release around the USA PATRIOT Act sixth anniversary on October 26th.

More information about the video, including a flyer, discussion guide, ordering information, and links are at

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The mission of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) is to promote, organize, and support a diverse, effective, national grassroots movement to restore and protect civil rights and liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Since 2001, it has helped hundreds of communities across the country participate in an ongoing national debate about civil liberties and anti-terrorism legislation that threaten liberties. Eight state legislatures and more than 400 municipalities have used BORDC's strategies and resources to enact resolutions upholding their residents' constitutional rights.