Monday, August 29, 2005

Welcome to Connecticut, Patriot Act!

It was only a matter of time: F.B.I., Using Patriot Act, Demands Library's Records.

Per the New York Times:
Using its expanded power under the antiterrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act, the F.B.I. is demanding library records from a Connecticut institution as part of an intelligence investigation, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday.

The demand is the first confirmed instance in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation has used the law in this way, federal officials and the A.C.L.U. said. The government's power to demand access to library borrowing records and other material showing reading habits has been the single most divisive issue in the debate over whether Congress should extend key elements of the act after this year.
Earlier this month your humble contributor checked out both 2001:A Space Odyssey and the Qu'ran from her local library. Any bets whether she's a terrorist in the making, despite her documented anti-war, pro-peace stance?

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