Privacy bill to prevent FBI library info probes

Concern over violation of privacy as a result of the war on terrorism has prompted U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other representatives to propose a bill that will limit the FBI’s power to seize information on library withdrawals and bookstore purchases.
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“While we need to focus on terrorism as much as possible, I believe we can do that without throwing the Bill of Rights in the garbage can,” Sanders said. “Librarians are telling me that if people who go to libraries feel that the government is keeping a file with the names of the books that they are reading, it will have a chilling effect on intellectual curiosity.”