Patriot Act no threat to libraries

GregS* writes “Jeff Jacoby’s piece today in the Boston Globe. From the article:

This is the provision of the Patriot Act that has been widely denounced for allowing investigators to obtain library records — a provision so horrifying to the nation’s librarians that the American Library Association launched a campaign against it. In repeated resolutions, the association blasted the Patriot Act as ”a present danger to the constitutional rights and privacy rights of library users.” Many public libraries now make a point of warning their patrons that Big Brother may be looking over their shoulders. And the American Civil Liberties Union charges that Section 215 allows the FBI to ”spy on a person because they don’t like the books she reads, or because they don’t like the Web sites she visits.”

All of which would be very disturbing, and reason enough to let Section 215 fall by the wayside, except for one thing: It’s a crock.