L.A. council committee urges stand against Patriot Act

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Responding to widespread pressure from the city’s librarians, a City Council committee has recommended that Los Angeles take a position against the USA Patriot Act, the law that expanded federal surveillance powers in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee voted unanimously to propose a repeal of provisions of the law that allow investigators to seize “any tangible thing� in an anti-terrorism investigation, including library materials used by patrons.