Saturday, April 26, 2003

Three cheers for our brave librarians!

At public libraries in Skokie, Ill., and Killington, Vt., for example, there are signs warning that the government could demand access to patrons' reading records and the library could not refuse. At other libraries, such as in Santa Cruz, Calif., and Spokane, Wash., records of who checked out what books are being purged from computers as soon as books are returned, so if federal agents ask for information, there will simply be none to give. Some booksellers, too, are purging their computer files of anything that could be used as evidence of what their customers are buying.

My question is: when are the Democrats going to stand up and start fighting the provisions in the Patriot Act that have helped erode our rights to freedom of thought?