Secret FBI Spying Program Headed For High Court Showdown

By Allison Grande (March 20, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge recently struck down a controversial law that prevents companies from telling their customers that the FBI is spying on them, setting the stage for a circuit split that could prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to wade into the thorny First Amendment issue, attorneys say.

In a 24-page decision handed down March 14, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ruled that the statute authorizing the FBI to serve secret "national security letters" demanding subscriber information from wire and electronic communications providers was unconstitutional because of a nondisclosure provision that gives the government the authority to block companies from disclosing...

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