Story from the Western Front on efforts by the Whatcom County Rural Library District (in Bellingham, Washington) to quash a subpoena requiring the disclosure of the names and addresses of people who borrowed the book, "Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America."
An unnamed library patron at the Deming Branch found a passage written in the margin of the book, and contacted an FBI agent with the information. The handwritten note read as follows:
"If the things I'm doing is considered a crime, then let history be a witness that I am a criminal. Hostility toward America is a religious duty and we hope to be rewarded by God."
Agent James Powers contacted the library district after receiving this information, and requested further information on the book, which an unnamed library employee denied.