Magazine article American Libraries

Bill to Exempt Libraries Form Patriot Act Introduced. (News Fronts Washington)

Magazine article American Libraries

Bill to Exempt Libraries Form Patriot Act Introduced. (News Fronts Washington)

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Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives March 6 aims to rescind the provisions of the USA Patriot Act that allow the government to secretly view library and bookstore records without obtaining a probable-cause search warrant.

Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced the Freedom to Read Protection Act (H.R. 1157) at a Washington press conference attended by members of the American Library Association and representatives from the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. "The threat of terrorism must not be used as an excuse by the government to intrude on our basic constitutional rights," said Sanders.

The bill, which Sanders proposed late last year after being contacted by the Vermont Library Association (AL, Feb., p. 12), would restore the previous standards for investigations. "If the FBI has probable cause to believe that information in a library or bookseller's records is connected to an ongoing criminal or terrorism investigation, they can go to court and get a search warrant," Sanders said.

Three of the bill's cosponsors--Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Sheila JacksonLee (D-Tex.), and Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz. …

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