The Miami Herald Says federal investigators want to strip away the cloak of anonymity that helped Sept. 11 suspects communicate on public library computers without detection. A provision buried within the 342-page Patriot Act, which took effect in October, allows agents to demand records from librarians and booksellers with unprecedented ease.
\'\'Our rights have been taken away. We\'re being forced to go against our professional ethics,\'\' said Judith Krug, director of the American Library Association\'s office for intellectual freedom. ``But the only way to overcome this is to act illegally. It\'s awful.\'\'