Nicholas Merrill

Nicholas Merrill

Calyx Institute
Nicholas Merrill is the founder of Calyx Internet Access and the Calyx Institute. He was the first person to file a constitutional challenge against the National Security Letters statute in the USA PATRIOT Act. After receiving a National Security Letter NSL from the FBI, he sued the FBI and Department of Justice and became the plaintiff in the historic lawsuit Doe v. Ashcroft, which persisted through four US Attorney Generals and resulted in a precedent setting victory. As a result of the original NSL, Merrill was gagged from speaking publicly for over six years.
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