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 in a decision released Friday.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ordered the government to stop issuing so-called NSLs (national security letters) across the board, in a stunning defeat for the Obama administration’s surveillance practices. She also ordered the government to cease enforcing the gag provision in any other cases.
While this may appear to be a huge victory, and it is a victory to some degree, it won’t and hasn’t stopped them from doing whatever they want. However, at least now they are finally not getting their way whenever they want. I’m sure they will find other ways to violate our constitutional rights as that has become the norm these days.
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