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
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.