Notre Dame librarian tries to bring halt to snooping

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Sat, 09/10/2011 - 11:26

Doug Archer thinks twice before he Googles.

Archer, a reference and peace studies librarian at the University of Notre Dame, is careful not to type potentially inflammatory words, such as "bomb."

Why? Because he knows the government might be watching.

The Patriot Act, which was passed in the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, authorizes the government to monitor which library books people check out and what they search for on the Internet.

Ten years later, Archer and a group of librarians continue to fight for changes to that controversial law, which they say is unconstitutional.

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