In One Eye

Thursday, June 16, 2005
One aspect of the hideous USA PATRIOT Act has been curtailed by the House.
The House handed President Bush the first defeat in his effort to preserve the broad powers of the USA Patriot Act, voting yesterday to curtail the FBI's ability to seize library and bookstore records for terrorism investigations.

Bush has threatened to veto any measure that weakens those powers. The surprise 238 to 187 rebuke to the White House was produced when a handful of conservative Republicans, worried about government intrusion, joined with Democrats who are concerned about personal privacy.
Needless to say, the American Library Association has been all over this disgraceful abridgement of civil liberties from the start and is quite pleased with the vote.

It's no surprise that our vacuous president will veto this action should it ever come to that. (The Senate still has to vote on the measure.) Even though he's married to a librarian, it's unlikely that he's ever seen the inside of a library.