Patriot act in real life

February 1, 2006 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

After reading about it, and awakening to the chilling threat to citizens posed by the Patriot Act in The Anarchist in the Library by Siva Vaidhyanathan, today I read about a librarian at a public library in Newton, Mass. standing up to the FBI and demanding a warrant to confiscate for evidence some computers used to threaten some folks at Brandeis University.

The scariest line: “The event prompted talk-show hosts and newspaper columnists in Boston to lash out at Newton officials, arguing that they acted irresponsibly and could have jeopardized people’s lives.”

The threat of terrorism is presumably real.  And so are witches and heretics and red commies and….  the end justifies the means?  The end is ‘safety?’  The means are not clear.  And safety is not freedom.

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