The Patriot Act and Your Bookstore

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation barring the FBI from using the Patriot Act to search bookstore and library records unless they relate to a suspected terrorist or someone known to the suspect.  Now the bill, USA Patriot Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011 (S. 193), moves to the Senate floor where it will be brought to a vote sometime before the end of May, when several provisions of the Patriot Act will expire. The Campaign for Reader Privacy–representing librarians, booksellers, authors and publishers–is urging its supporters to ask their senators to support S. 193.  The Booklover is also asking its readers to contact their senators and ask them to support S. 193!