Campaign for Reader Privacy Condemns President Bush

On March 30, the sponsors of the Campaign for Reader Privacy (CRP) — the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, and PEN American Center — released a statement accusing President Bush of “undermining a new law that expands Congressional oversight of the USA Patriot Act, including the provision that authorizes searches of bookstore and library records.”

In a “signing statement” issued on March 9, soon after he approved a bill that reauthorized the expiring sections of the Patriot Act, the President said he reserved the right to ignore provisions of the bill. CRP sponsors condemned the signing statement. More from the American Booksellers Association (Bookweb).