Patriot Act and Libraries – Go House of Representatives!

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to block the library/bookstore records seizure part of the Patriot Act. The roll call vote was on H.AMDT.280 to H.R.2862. I just wrote a letter to my representative, Chaka Fattah, to thank him for his vote.

To The Honorable Chaka Fattah:

As a librarian, I am writing to thank you for voting Wednesday to block the FBI and the Justice Department from using the Patriot Act to search library and bookstore records.

The freedom to read without fear of persecution and prosecution is invaluable. A society that scrutinzes the reading habits of its citizens and uses those reading habits against them is not a free, open, or democratic society. It is a society on the slippery slope towards totalitarianism.

I applaud and thank you for recognizing that this portion of the Patriot Act is anathema to your constituents.

–Megan Adams

Find out how your representatives voted, and send them a message letting them know how you feel about it.

Update: The NYT is reporting on this too. Read the article.

2 thoughts to “Patriot Act and Libraries – Go House of Representatives!”

  1. I too, am happy about this. I use our public library almost daily. They would flag me if they saw my book list! BTW – I’m sure you saw fahrenheit 451. That movie gave me chills. Can you imagine books being banned? I don’t even want to think about it.


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