Librarians, Booksellers and the Patriot Act

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 25, 2003

ABC News has highlighted the ongoing story on the battle being waged by libraries and booksellers against the Patriot Act (Sec. 215. Access to Records and Other Items Under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) that permits government access to data about patron reading habits, Internet usage, and book purchases. Opposition to many aspects of this legislation is backed by a disparate coalition of liberals, conservatives and libertarians (including Rep. Bob Barr and Rep. Bernie Sanders). Sanders introduced the Freedom to Read Protection Act on March 6, 2003.

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