patriot act

USA Patriot Act in the Obama Administration: Continued support for rule that allows access to bookstore, library records

By |2019-03-13T15:18:11-04:00January 21st, 2009|Blog|

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that, under President Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Eric Holder, what you read could still be held against you.  Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act allows federal agents to demand bookstore and library records when investigating terrorism or espionage.  Section 215 also places a gag order on the bookseller or librarian.  The provision is [...]

So now what?

By |2019-03-12T18:33:08-04:00November 5th, 2008|Blog|

The most enjoyable part of my election night was walking away from hipster Williamsburg and past a laundromat where Obama's acceptance speech was playing. Inside the laundromat was a young Orthodox Jewish couple, a biracial lesbian couple, a handful of young adults looking up at a TV. As strange as this scene felt - either a classic 1980s tableau of [...]