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Away From Home

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Patriot Act used to spy on library records

Have you ever attacked the Patriot Act in front of one of its supporters? They're always quick to observe that the ability to spy on people's library records has never been used, right?

Turns out they're completely wrong:

U.S. librarians say they have been asked at least 268 times since 2001 to give law officers data about readers, despite repeated Justice Department denials that it is interested in patrons' reading habits.

Why would the Justice Department lie so brazenly? Right to the public's faces?

Oh, right, because it's part of this administration.


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