Thursday, August 23, 2007

Real threat to U.S.

San Francisco Examiner
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Real threat to U.S.
Once President Bush reauthorized the Patriot Act, the FBI lifted the gag order on librarians. This eliminated the possibility that the “National Security Letter” provisions would be struck down.Today, librarians are the only people who can talk about life with an NSL gag, despite the likelihood that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of similar stories out there. The prison term for violating the gag order was added to the reauthorized Patriot Act.America has reached a sorry state when librarians are considered a national security threat because they won’t turn over lists of books that people are checking out and reading. The real threat to America’s freedom is the hairbrained politicians and security officials who come up with such ideas and who are ready to throw innocent people into jail if they don’t comply with their unjust laws.
Ted Rudow III,MA
Menlo Park

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