December 18th, 2005

tyrant, bush

Why the Patriot Act needs to die

Proof positive that we absolutely, categorically cannot trust the federal government at its word that it will not use the Patriot Act and similar legislation to in such a way as to abridge our civil liberties in their hunt for terrorists:

Dartmouth student visited by feds because he inter-library loaned a copy of Mao's Little Red Book, which he needed for a class.

There aren't exactly many fundamental Communist terrorists out there, people. (And how's that quote go about "Know your enemies"?) But Big Brother most certainly is watching you and what library books you check out! (And if they've tapped into the national inter-library loan system, then they often won't need to get an individual warrants for each library they want to monitor, and have thereby made a partial end-around those libraries that now actively destroy their records to avoid just such an occurrence.)

This is all the more reason why the current Senate filibuster is the best thing to have happened to the Patriot Act, and why the right-wing political hacks who claim those senators are "unpatriotic" for doing so don't know the meaning of the word. Now if only they can stay deadlocked until the end of the month.

ETA: (And if I read the article correctly, when all was said and done, the kid never did get the book. Bill of what? Freedom of what?)