Friday, March 15, 2013


Let's hope the 9th Circuit upholds this decision...
Federal Judge Finds National Security Letters Unconstitutional, Bans Them
By Kim Zetter
4:27 PM

Ultra-secret national security letters that come with a gag order on the recipient are an unconstitutional impingement on free speech, a federal judge in California ruled Friday.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ordered the government to stop issuing so-called NSLs across the board, in a stunning defeat for the Obama administration’s surveillance practices. However, she also stayed her order for 90 days to give the government a chance to appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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