From the Baltimore Sun. Thanks to Carol Casey for the heads up:
There are [many] provisions of the Patriot Act that offend librarians because of excessive secrecy or censorship, but what we surely cannot abide is the government\'s intrusion on library confidentiality.
When the public\'s reading habits and personal communications are subject to government surveillance within the library, the delicate relationship of trust between libraries and their patrons is shattered and the chill on free expression and the right to know may be irrevocable.
This is not a partisan issue.