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Both progressive liberals and conservatives who
believe in a minimalist federal government are moving
to repeal a section of the USA Patriot Act passed in the
wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that allows federal
agents to pull readers' records for little more than
MA Rep. John W. Olver is backing the Freedom to
Read Protection Act, a bill by Rep. Bernard Sanders, I-
Vt., to end the chance federal agents may be checking
your reading list.
"This bill would return some of the safeguards
that were in place before passage of the Patriot Act by
exempting libraries and booksellers from provisions
that allow the federal government access to records
without a traditional search warrant," Olver said.