Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Radical Militant Librarians

Quoting an FBI Agent, from an article in the NY Times:

“While radical militant librarians kick us around, true terrorists benefit from OIPR’s failure to let us use the tools given to us,” read the e-mail message, which was sent by an unidentified F.B.I. official. “This should be an OIPR priority!!!”

Doesn’t that phrase trip lightly off the tongue, conjuring an assortment of images? “Radical Militant Librarians.”

Whisper, and you might be beheaded.

In fairness, the article discusses the reluctance of the FBI to authorize use of any portion of the Patriot Act, to some extent because of the widespread objections to its less accepted provisions.

But still, Radical Militant Librarians?? I guess it goes along with the greater war on terror, including Secretary Ron Paige calling the NEA a “Terrorist Organization.”. Terrorists are where you find them, I suppose.

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