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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Librarians assail record 'fishing expeditions' - Terrorism & Security - MSNBC.com


Recently, I went to my library and checked out Kafka's "Trial" as it was quoted in a news item about Quran abuse at Gitmo.

So this news suggest that you keep your inquisitive senses dormant and do not try to read anything at all, even if it is harmless. Any item can indicate a change in your reading behavior and it can be related to terrorism or to terrorists because they have quoted it. I guess we should even stop listening to news about terrorism or Osama bin Laden or IRA, Blah! Blah!!

When I was a child I wanted to read everything; Everything! I wanted to be master of information and knowledge. I will stop ranting and let you read the news excerpt below.

Librarians assail record 'fishing expeditions'- Terrorism & Security - MSNBC.com: "Concerns of 'fishing expeditions'
Sheketoff called for proper oversight to prevent what she called 'fishing expeditions' at U.S. libraries.
One such expedition occurred at a library in Whatcom County in Washington state, Sheketoff said, when a library patron noticed a handwritten notation in the margin of a biography of Osama bin Laden and reported it to the FBI.

The note, dealing with hostility toward Americans, was found to be an often-cited quotation from bin Laden that was included in the report of the Sept. 11 commission investigating U.S. response to the attacks.
The FBI reacted by seeking the names and information on all those who had checked out the book since 2001, but the library's board challenged the request and it was later withdrawn, Sheketoff said. 'You have to have a reason to believe that the information is necessary for some investigation and there has to be some specificity,' she said. 'Just because I read murder mysteries, that doesn't make me a murderer ... and if somebody reads a book on Osama bin Laden, that doesn't make him a member of al-Qaida."


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