Sunday, May 08, 2005

American Library Association - USA Patriot Act Petition

ALA | USA Patriot Act Petition
The USA PATRIOT Act threatens your privacy in bookstores and libraries. It gives the FBI the power to apply to a secret court for an order compelling the surrender of records of the books you purchase or borrow.
The government does not have to produce any evidence that you are a terrorist-or even that you are suspected of any crime. The order also gags booksellers and librarians, making it illegal to reveal that your records have been searched.

Speaking of the privacy thing. The ALA is trying to get a million signatures to get rid of the library portion of the Patriot Act. Personally, I think they should repeal the whole damn thing but I wouldn't mind this part going away either. You can sign the petition online so no real work invovled.


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