Three 2nd Circuit judges expressed concern during oral arguments Wednesday that the statutory language of a key provision of the USA Patriot Act might be overly broad, potentially applying in instances where national security is not truly at stake. The statute authorized the FBI to issue National Security Letters to telecom carriers, compelling their cooperation in investigations relating to national security efforts.
2nd Circuit Appears Skeptical of Validity of Patriot Act's National Security Letters
New York Law Journal
August 28, 2008