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ALA urges library supporters to push for passage of USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011

The ALA Washington Office is urging all library supporters to ask members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to pass S. 193, the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011.

Click here for background information and talking points.

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  1. Scott Scott

    Can someone explain to me why ALA’s default position is not opposition to *all* extension of Patriot Act provisions?

  2. Jean Ellis Jean Ellis

    I urge you to pass S. 193, The USA PATRIOT Act Extension Act of 2011. It provides important safeguards for library records, limiting FBI searches to people who are “agents of a foreign power,” including suspected terrorists, and people known to them. The heightened protection would would eliminate the danger of the federal government using its broad search power to conduct fishing expeditions into what people are reading. The Patriot Act currently authorizes the FBI to search any records that are “relevant” to a terrorist investigation, including records of those not suspected of criminal behavior.

    I urge you to exrend this protection to records of bookstore customers, which could still be searched whenever the FBI believes they are “relevant.”

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