Publishers, librarians, writers and booksellers today released a letter to Congress urging passage of a bill that would undo some of the alleged privacy invasions of the USA Patriot Act. Citing revelations that the FBI has improperly used national security letters to snoop into the telephone calls, finances, and Internet use of private citizens, the organizations push legislators to support Senate 2088 and House 3189, called the National Security Letters Reform Act.
The organizations include the Association of American Publishers, American Booksellers Association, American Library Association, and PEN American Center. "As booksellers, librarians, publishers, and writers," the letter says, "we share the concern of all Americans for safety and security. But we also know how government intrusion into citizens' private lives threatens personal freedom at the most fundamental level."