Originally published Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

To issue a national-security letter, an FBI supervisor need only certify that the records sought are relevant to an authorized national-security investigation. No warrant is required.

By PAUL ELIAS

The Associated Press

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SAN FRANCISCO — They’re called national-security letters and the FBI issues thousands a year to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information. They’re sent without judicial review and recipients are barred from disclosing them.

A federal judge in San Francisco on Friday declared the letters unconstitutional, saying the secretive demands for customer data violate the First Amendment.

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