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PATRIOT Act Scrutiny Increases

In an effort to dismiss critics, Attorney General John Ashcroft declared that The PATRIOT Act has not been used to clandestinely view library reading records, at the same time, deriding such apprehension as “hysterics”. One reporter bothered to investigate the claim and found that “[D]aniel Bryant, said in December 2002 that federal agents had in fact sought information from libraries as part of terrorism investigations.” He also makes a good case for why we should not trust Ashcroft or the government in general because suspicion of those in power is a cornerstone of a balanced democratic republic. The full report from Ed Weathers: PATRIOT Act, Round Ten: The nation’s attorney general is on the ropes and swinging wildly.

Posted by Stephen VanDyke at September 22, 2003 12:18 PM