December 09, 2005
ALA Calls for No Vote on Patriot Act Reauthorization
"House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement on Thursday, December 08, 2005, to extend the USA PATRIOT Act. The agreement would extend for four years - until 2009-- Sec. 215 of the PATRIOT Act's -- permitting secret warrants for books, records and other items from businesses, hospitals and organizations such as libraries. No changes were made to the standards for obtaining these orders, nor for those for obtaining National Security Letters. Section 505 of the PATRIOT Act, authorizing NSLs, still has no sunset. Please let your Senators know that you are deeply disappointed that the conference committee made so few changes to the House conference report. We appreciate that the conference report would now sunset Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act in 4 years (instead of 7 years, as in the language circulated before Thanksgiving) but this change is not sufficient to protect the privacy of library users from fishing expeditions by the FBI."