Thursday, June 2, 2011

Patriot Act Renewed - Library Records Remain Unprotected

President Obama signed the extention the Patriot Act into law on May 26. The Act continues to allow
federal authorities conducting a counterterrorism investigation to seize a patron's library records without their knowledge, and without a court order, although freedom-to-read groups including the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression had been seeking these protections. One might ask why we should even have to fight for a protection that is already guaranteed under the fourth amendment, which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures.

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