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Ashcroft and the Patriot Act Vs. Libraries

According to an article in FCW: “Attorney General John Ashcroft defended the Justice Department’s search of library records under the USA Patriot Act, telling lawmakers the process safeguards individual privacy,” when he testified yesterday before the Judiciary Committee. In related news:

  • Ashcroft Wants Broader Anti-Terror Powers: “Ashcroft told the House Judiciary Committee that the 2001 Patriot Act signed into law after the Sept. 11 attacks should also be expanded to let prosecutors bring charges against anyone who supports or works with suspected terrorist groups as “material supporters.”
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