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EFF: FBI Violated Your Civil Liberties (Retrieved 2/1/2011)
"The EFF doesn't want you to just absorb all this info and despair,
becoming discouraged and cynical about your own government. They want
you to do something about it! They want you, as a voter and actively
engaged citizen, to crank it up with your congressional reps and
revamp the USA Patriot Act, which is due to expire in late February."
Leahy Reintroduces Bill to Restore Reader Privacy Protections
[Campaign for Reader Privacy Supports Leahy Bill]
“The Campaign for Reader Privacy, organized in 2004 by the American
Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, the
Association of American Publishers, and PEN American Center,
represents librarians, booksellers, authors, and publishers. The
campaign supports the USA Patriot Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011.
Still, the bill does not provide additional protection for bookstore
customers’ records, which could still be searched whenever the FBI
believes they are “relevant.” Barbara Jones, director of the ALA’s
Office for Intellectual Freedom, is asking Congress to protect the
privacy of reader records in bookstores as well as libraries.”
extensive FBI violations (Retrieved 2/1/2011)
"'Congress, however, has an opportunity to remedy these abuses:
portions of the USA PATRIOT Act expire in late February, and a bill
has already been introduced in the House of Representatives to
reauthorize it,'" concludes the EFF.
“'Instead of simply rubber-stamping the intelligence community’s
continuing abuse of Americans’ civil liberties, Congress should seize
this opportunity to investigate the practices of the FBI and other
intelligence agencies, and to demand greater accountability,
disclosure, and reporting from these agencies. Until then, the FBI’s
pattern of misconduct will undoubtedly continue.'"
**(Source of above quote: https://www.eff.org/pages/patterns-misconduct-fbi-intelligence-violations