June 1, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled that Google Inc. must follow the FBI's warrantless requests for user information through national security letters (NSLs). The ruling, which was issued on May 20, was released to the public on Friday. Under 18 USC... ...[read more]
March 17, 2013
by Michael Haggerson
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled Thursday that the use of national security letters under 18 USC 2709 is unconstitutional. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) challenged the use of national security letters by the FBI on behalf of an unnamed... ...[read more]
September 6, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 6, 2007, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the practice of issuing National Security Letters (NSLs) pursuant to the reauthorized USA Patriot Act require judicial review. US District Judge Victor Marrero issued the decision of the court, which ...[read more]
September 6, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 6, 2007, a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that issuing National Security Letters (NSLs) demanding private information and imposing gag orders on recipients under the reauthorized and revised USA Patriot Act was unconstitutional without ...[read more]
April 15, 2010
by Daniel Makosky
US Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Glenn Fine and FBI General Counsel Valerie Caproni testified Thursday before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties regarding governmental abuse of National Security Letters (NSLs). Committee members ...[read more]
October 8, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
S. 1692: A bill to extend the sunset of certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and the authority to issue national security letters, and for other purposes, US Senate Judiciary Committee, October 8, 2009. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. Latest commentary available here. JURIST has mor... ...[read more]
December 16, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Monday that nondisclosure requirements contained in national security letters (NSLs) sent by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to Internet service providers (ISPs) are violations of the ISPs' First Amendment free... ...[read more]
December 16, 2008
by Michael Sung
John Doe, Inc., John Doe, American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, v. Michael B. Mukasey, et al., US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, December 15, 2008. Read the full text of the opinion. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here... ...[read more]
April 28, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina
The UN Security Council should push the US to address human rights concerns over policies governing detainees held by US-led coalition forces in Iraq, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a Monday letter to Council representatives. HRW accused the Multi-National Force-Iraq of holding thousands of ...[read more]
April 7, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Melissa Goodman: When Americans hear that the military is conducting domestic surveillance we tend to get a little squeamish. Isn't that the FBI's job? What is the military doing exactly? Who are they investigating and why? Well, here is what we do know, thanks to over 1,000 pages of... ...[read more]

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