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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Angry Activist Librarians

If your trying to restrict the flow of information, don't mess with them...
[Zoia] Horn spends her time speaking against the Patriot Act, which she believes usurps intellectual freedom and targets dissenting voices. Horn said that the Patriot Act provides "those in power with the tools they need."

In Horn's opinion, the most offensive part of the Patriot Act is Section 215, which pertains to libraries and librarians. Section 215 requires libraries to divulge their patrons’ checkout records without their patrons' consent. Prior to the Patriot Act, the government needed a warrant and probable cause to access such information.

Horn, who immigrated to North America from Russia in 1926, drew parallels between the Patriot Act and the tactics of Nazis and Stalinists.

"Do you remember the Gestapo in Germany? They had a group of people in neighborhoods in charge of spying," Horn said, a reference to the Terrorism Information Prevention System.

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