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National Security Letter

National Security Letters are administrative orders compel their recipients to provide information to federal investigators.  As authorized by the USA PATRIOT Act, the letters included gag orders that forebade recipients from discussing the letter's contents and instructions, the letters did not require a judge's authorization, and were subject to only limited judicial review. These letters were used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and possibly other federal agencies.



A crime or tort is aggravated if the circumstances make it worse or more serious than it would otherwise be.  For example, assault may become "aggravated assault" if the defendant uses or brandishes a deadly weapon.  



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