Congress' attempt to fix problems with a key aspect of the USA PATRIOT Act has failed to satisfy a New York federal judge, who has ruled unconstitutional a provision authorizing the FBI to issue a form of administrative subpoena called a National Security Letter. It was the second time that Judge Victor Marrero had rejected the gag order on Internet service providers and others who receive the letters and was another blow to FBI officials who consider the letters "indispensable investigative tools."
Federal Judge Rules Unconstitutional Parts of Patriot Act
New York Law Journal
September 7, 2007