Sunday, June 26, 2005

Anyone interested in deciphering all US Citizens' library records?

Why does the W, Rove and Co. want to know about everyone's library records? I don't see the point. So, you check out the Koran, so what? Is that worse than checking out the Bible? So you check out the Lord of the Flies, so what? Is that different than checking out the Lord of the Rings?

The potential swath of data collected under some kind of "Patriot" act dictum has to be, perhaps, the most dull, mundane, boring, and sanitary forthcoming set of data that could be analyzed. I wouldn't want that job, would you?

At least one Senator is making sense in the cacophony:

Libraries should be "sanctuaries of learning where we are free to read and consider what we please without the fear that 'Big Brother' may be peering over our shoulder," Obama said in the keynote address at the American Library Association's annual conference..."I hope we can pass a provision, just like the one that the House of Representatives passed overwhelmingly, that would require federal agents to get search warrants from a real judge in a real court, just like everyone else does," Obama said.

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