Now They Check the Books You Read


James Nimmo found this interesting article from Newsday.

A scary one by Joan E. Bertin, the, executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship, about the less well-known aspects of the Patriot Act are provisions permitting the Justice Department to obtain information secretly from booksellers and librarians about customers\' and patrons\' reading, Internet and book-buying habits, merely by alleging that the records are relevant to an anti-terrorism investigation.

She says \"The rush to enact programs with reassuring-sounding names may have been understandable a year ago. Now, however, it would be patriotic to consider whether, despite their appealing acronyms, some hastily enacted programs threaten the freedoms we value most. It is peculiar, to say the least, for our government to fight terrorists by adopting their techniques - secrecy and intimidation.\" Something I would think most of us would agree with.