Nicholas Merrill spoke at a Cato Hill Briefing for Freshman
Congressional staffers on March 20, 2011. He describes the
experience of receiving a National Security Letter with a gag order
in 2004 and the ensuing seven-year battle in court, Doe v.
Ashcroft. In the end the gag order was partially lifted,
allowing Merrill to reveal that he was the plaintiff in the case.
Now he travels the country speaking about National Security Letters
as the founder of the Calyx Institute, but still cannot reveal
certain details surrounding his story.