A federal judge today struck down portions of the USA Patriot Act as unconstitutional, ordering the FBI to stop issuing "national security letters" that secretly demand customer information from Internet service providers and other businesses.Good times.
Long-time Shakers will no doubt remember I've had a bug up my ass for, like, ever about those fucking "national security letters," which are the feds' equivalent of Bush's "presidential signing statements"—i.e. Get Around Teh Law Free cards. And U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero appears to agree:
Marrero wrote in his 106-page ruling that Patriot Act provisions related to NSLs are "the legislative equivalent of breaking and entering, with an ominous free pass to the hijacking of constitutional values."Right on, brotha.