WashPost: FBI Surveillance Tool Is Ruled UnconstitutionalSubmitted by father_abraham85 on Sat, 03/16/2013 - 11:50
By Ellen Nakashima
March 15, 2013
San Francisco - A federal court in California has ruled that a surveillance tool widely used by the FBI to obtain information on Americans without court oversight is unconstitutional because the gag order that accompanies it violates the First Amendment.
The ruling by Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California would bar the issuance of national security letters — a form of administrative subpoena — on constitutional grounds.
The ruling on the 1986 statute has been stayed while the government weighs an appeal.
Actual Court Doc(.pdf) Dated March 14th, 2013