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The New York Times introduces the story this way: "It was a hearing where the name of the client was never disclosed, the subject of the federal inquiry remained unidentified and the context for the exercise was kept top secret."
It was of course a hearing on the use of the Patriot Act in a unknown Connecticut library. The Patriot Act is no longer an untried theory, but a genuine tool of investigation, which some find reprehensible, some find necessary.