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Ashcroft Relents on Releasing Info On Library Records

Report on accessing library records to be open:

  • “Countering charges that the FBI is snooping into America’s reading habits, Attorney General John Ashcroft said yesterday that he would declassify a report on how often the agency has sought information from public libraries under the USA Patriot Act. The move came after a sharp exchange this week between Ashcroft and Carla D. Hayden, newly installed president of the American Library Association and director of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library.”
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