Judge Rules “National Security Letters” are Unconstitutional

Posted: March 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
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By PAUL ELIAS | Associated Press – Fri, Mar 15, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that secretive FBI demands for customer data from banks, phone companies and others are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ruled Friday that so-called national security letters are unconstitutional because the FBI bars recipients from disclosing to anyone, including their customers, that they received the demands.

Illston says this gag order violates freedom of speech rights.

The San Francisco-based judge put her order on hold for 90 days so the U.S. Department of Justice can appeal.

The FBI made 16,511 national security letter requests for information regarding 7,201 people in 2011, the latest data available. The FBI uses the letters to collect unlimited kinds of sensitive, private information like financial and phone records.

The DOJ didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Comments
  1. Too bad this judge will not last long, truth is something the powers that b are doing everything they can do to suppress!! We can only experience the American DREAM of any Justice much less Justice for all!!

  2. Erwin Brown says:

    If the exact and all information taken did not lead to an immediate arrest and prison sentence for a person doing a federal crime the process is just trolling and gleaning for information the FBI has no right to have. any court or judge that would allow or even entertain the concept of allowing the FBI to do this would signal a very bad change in our legal system.

  3. Nancy says:

    The corporation that judges work under has been foreclosed upon. Google OPPT and learn for yourself. He has no right to judge anyone any longer. There’s a new law in town.

  4. I got 5 bucks that says the Feds will appeal the decision, take it to one of them there Bush appointees Justices and “overturn” it (.)

    Actually, it always works this way; how many times has EFF won in court concerning the unconstitutionality of the same issue regarding the Patriot Act only to have those decisions overturned rendering the decision mute?

    How many patriots, whistle blowers, 9/11 family members, and others that have tried to get justice in their cases respectfully, only to have their cases ruled frivolous? How about it Susan…..get any justice in your situation? Hell, I can’t even get a law firm to sue SAIC because just like the banks, their to big to get sued or to secretive to be exposed citing National Security etc.

    All the judge did was rub in in our faces that the United States government has been breaking the law for years. My point is that the government has been breaking the law and now the government tells us what we already know? Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    What would have been nice to hear is that the United States government has to be held accountable and made to pay for it’s criminal conduct.

    Anyone ever hear of the constitutional right to redress? Try suing the United States government (if) you can even get a law firm to do so and see what happens time and again.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_petition_in_the_United_States

    Yea right!

    (((3)))

  5. Jennifer P. says:

    This ruling won’t last long. Unfortunately, Jay Bybee is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the appeals jurisdiction for Northern and Southern California.

  6. Jennifer

    Here’s a running list of George BushFRAUD’s appointees:

    List of federal judges appointed by George W. BushFRAUD:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federal_judges_appointed_by_George_W._Bush

    (((3)))

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