Literary groups decry Patriot Act as invasion of privacy

Laurie writes “David of the Boston Globe writes: A national coalition of publishers, authors, librarians, and booksellers yesterday called on Congress to modify the part of the antiterrorist USA Patriot Act that allows the government to secretly inspect Americans’ book-buying and -borrowing habits.

”Libraries are a cornerstone of intellectual freedom, the right to think and explore and read whatever you want to,” said Krista McLeod, director of the Nevins Memorial Library in Metheun and president of the Massachusetts Library Association, which supports the change. ”The privacy associated with that freedom is key. . . .

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