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Librarians Chafe Under USA Patriot Act

To Priscilla Hudson, public libraries are society’s great equalizer, a place where anyone can go to learn regardless of their economic, social or political background. So she doesn’t much like Big Brother peering over their shoulder. Hudson, manager of Boulder’s main library, is among a number of librarians nationwide who oppose a provision in the USA Patriot Act that gives authorities access to records of what people check out from libraries or buy from bookstores. The law is why Boulder librarians have lately been purging their files on patrons every week, not every couple of months. And experts say other libraries are doing similar things. Full Story

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