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.
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