National security letters deemed unconstitutionalSubmitted by JO4RP on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 17:06
A United States federal judge has declared that the super-secret national security letters that let the government garner info on Americans without their consent are unconstitutional.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued hundreds of thousands of NSLs to private businesses in order to obtain sensitive information on clients without waiting for a warrant or subpoena. Unlike those options, though, NSLs involve next to no oversight. Instead all that’s required is that a Special Agent in Charge signs off and says that the information is relevant to an investigation.
On Friday, though, US District Judge Susan Illston said she thought NSLs were illegal and ordered the government to stop issuing them.