Growing Influence of Librarians in Debate on Patriot Act
From Page One of today’s WSJ, an article titled, Patriot Act Riles An Unlikely Group: Nation’s Librarians– [subtitled] Fears About Terrorism Clash With Principles of Privacy As Online Searches Surge:
“The Patriot Act has generated protests from the left and the right since it passed, almost unanimously, six weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But few critics are more stubborn than the librarians, who see it as an assault on such basic civil liberties as reading privacy and intellectual freedom.”
See also beSpacific’s previous postings on the Patriot Act.
Related news – this quote from September 16 deserves renewed mention: “Attorney General John Ashcroft today accused the country’s biggest library association and other critics of fueling “baseless hysteria” about the government’s ability to pry into the public’s reading habits.”