Published March 16, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge has struck down a set of laws allowing the FBI to issue so-called national security letters to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said the laws violate the First Amendment and the separation of powers principles and ordered the government to stop issuing the secretive letters or enforcing their gag orders, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The FBI almost always bars recipients of the letters from disclosing to anyone — including customers — that they have even received the demands, Illston said in the ruling released Friday.
The government has failed to show that the letters and the blanket non-disclosure policy "serve the compelling need of national security," and the gag order creates "too large a danger that speech is being unnecessarily restricted," the San Francisco-based Illston wrote.
A Department of Justice spokesman told the Journal the department was "reviewing the order."
DOJ "reviewing" something their "boss" is up too...will never happen....
Thank God, finally the law is following our constitutional rights for a change. Now maybe we can get the
liberals on the same page...
There are a-lot of activities that is used by the FBI that is unconstitutional.
Exactly Steven, and it's about time they were addressed! Glad to see this.
Thanks again Melony, I see youre really back at it keeping us informed, thanks. I dont agree, trust or believe any of this. # 1 a fed judge in one of the most lib marxist commie cities in America, San Fran the homo abomination capital of America ruled against their commie comrads the TREASONOUS FBI, no freaking way. Now add the socialist marxist banks that a few yrs ago cried until they recd bailouts like the commie run auto industry. Then add in the socialist marxist phone companies, we will have peace on earth, just ask all the TREASONOUS TRAITORS, the TYRANNY capital of the world DC. But you & I are safe folks just ask satan I mean muslum o or anyone of the 535 commie congressmen or 9 marxist supreme court justices. We can go back to the puppet pigs the FBI or any other commie fed agency CIA< NSA< DOJ> DHS< Secret Service, State Dept, FEMA oh ya were waiting for the 2014- 2016elections- all will be bliss. West, Palin, Rubio, Paul, Jindal are our new saviours, give me a freaking break. Have a good day Tea Party & America love you but youre dreaming, I see your heads are still in the sand, I see you still dont want to face reality or any truth, you will tho remember The Bombs Bursting in Air, Onward Christian Soldiers, Marching As To War. Are you so blind that you can see God removing His blessings are you so blind that you cant REPENT, turn from your wicked evil ways, ask for forgiveness, America are you this hard hearted, shame
Finally!!!!!!!! Judges with a conscience and U.S.Constitutional law in their noggins. This is more than I can say about the chief of the U.S.DOJ. Black Liberation Theology runs through some in this administration and it's finally rearing it's Ugly Head!
I almost spit my coffee out my nose when I read this. Good for the Judge Illston (with all due respect - you go girl). My first question was "She's from where? San Francisco?" That in it's self is Amazing - I didn't think there was a RIGHT minded person LEFT in San Francisco let alone California!Now we all get see the DOJ to the DC scramble to make her disappear. "The department was reviewing the order" YEAH that's what they're calling it these days eh? Like "they" didn't know what they were doing when "they" did it in the first place. Just never thought anyone would call them on it. Surprise Surprise
One more time "Good Job Judge Illston" But I would watch your back.
I'm in all hopes that we have a few good ones left huh Mary? My God all is not lost as you so rightly put it.
DHS is THE biggest threat to America as we know it! It's unbelievable to me that the so-called Patriot Act ever got passed, are we SO scared of the world that we have to restrict OUR rights? You want our economy to be strong and NOT fail? Really easy, Repeal the Patriot Act, DHS, EPA, DOE, TSA, etc. Imagine turning loose the power of the American people to be EXCEPTIONAL once again!
Absolutely, repeal the "patriot act." However, the "patriot act" was not enacted by us, it's a matter of the politicians who were elected to office not doing the job they are suppose to--and it's for that exact reason we have obama, i.e., for years, as the politicians have found, that once they pass a "law" the only way to get justice is through the federal court system and nearly no one has the money, interest in winning, and time (these things drag out for YEARS) to spend on these cases so the politicians get their way by default. It's exactly like obama does only on a local, smaller, scale--one of the many reasons obama's bankers felt they could get away with a fake president. As an example, no one in the house or senate has, as yet, stood up and demanded that 'our' government do the right thing and deport obama (or at least put him up against a wall).
Also, don't confuse what the media tells us, i.e., this stuff was passed because we're "afraid of terrorist," Americans are way stronger than that, but the media doesn't want to see their bread and butter buds in DC lose out to their constituency; there is no ACLU or NAACP for us on this side of the fence--yet.