Earlier today, U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero struck down the National Security Letters provision of [that apostasy known as] the 'Patriot' Act. The NSL provision has been abused by the FBI practically since before the ink was dry in the Resident's signature on the revised legislation.
In his ruling, Judge Marrero stated that investigators must have the approval of a court before ordering Internet service providers to turn over customer records without informing the customers.
Judge Marrero found that the government orders must be subject to "meaningful judicial review" and that the revised 'Patriot' Act "offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers."
The challenge to the law was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which argued that the provision allowed the FBI to demand sensitive personal information on American citizens without the sort of court order and oversight required for other types of Government searches.