FBI surveillance model in breach of First Amendment, ruled Judge

A California judge has ruled that National Security Letters (NSLs) are breaching First Amendment. This ruling is important as it came when the FBI is criticized for using them with false claims. NSLs are considered to be much needed for the cause of combat terrorism.

FBI surveillance model in breach of First Amendment, ruled Judge-global-annal

National Security Letters provide freedom to FBI to assess individual’s records without taking permission from the courts. People whose information has been accessed with them are not notified that the NSL was ever used.

Northern District of California Judge Susan Illston observed that this feature of the NSLs is in violation of the First Amendment. This ruling has been put on stay as the US government has the right to appeal. However, if the ruling comes into effect NSLs will not be allowed because they are unconstitutional.

Source: Slash Gear

Published by Bhavesh Kumar

A multi-talented media professional with diverse experience spanning across journalism (digital and broadcast), management consultancy and documentary filmmaking. Worked for the leading newspaper (the Times of India) and news broadcaster (NDTV India) on their web portal, feature stories, shooting, scripting, programming and editing broadcast news. A creative mindset focused on executing new-age strategic communication initiatives with all its corresponding elements (clear and coherently written key messages, social media marketing and multimedia content) to ensure effective target audience impressions. Also, worked on several primary and secondary market research projects (Market Feasibility Study) for business expansion into new markets.

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