FBI checking out Americans\' library reading habits


Here\'s One that says for the first time since the Cold War, the FBI is visiting public libraries to keep tabs on the reading habits of people the government considers dangerous.
The searches of some records kept by libraries and bookstores were authorized in an obscure provision of the USA Patriot Act, quietly approved by Congress six weeks after Sept. 11.

In a nationwide survey of 1,020 public libraries in January and February, the University of Illinois found that 85 - or 8.3 percent - had been asked by federal or local law enforcement officers for information about patrons related to Sept. 11

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