Patriot Act: Freedom to Read Protection Act

House Republicans, under strong pressure from the White House, narrowly defeated an amendment that would restrict the government’s ability to seize library and bookseller records under the Patriot Act.

The White House threatened a veto, as it believes the law is important as an anti-terrorism tool. Libraries, booksellers, civil liberties groups, and other public interest organizations have voiced strong concern over Section 215 of the Patriot Act which”gives the FBI virtually unlimited access to… bookstore and library records.”

Source: Washington Post, July 9, 2004.

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