Freedom to Read Big Brother out of our libraries

“Libraries, especially in San Francisco, have a long tradition of catering to the diverse literary needs of the people they serve. As a result, libraries have become a valued source of information for individuals, families and civic groups.”

“But after Sept. 11, the bloodline of libraries — our belief in the freedom to read — is being seriously undermined in the name of homeland security.”

“In the aftermath of the terrorist bombings on New York and Washington, Attorney General John Ashcroft pushed hard for the passage of the U.S. Patriot Act, which presented drastic changes to our nation’s surveillance laws and granted new intelligence-gathering powers for the FBI and other agencies. As our country mourned its unparalleled losses, the bill was pushed through Congress with minimal debate.” (from SF Gate)