Ashcroft, Under Pressure, Tweaks ‘Patriot Act’ Library Data Secrecy

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-ashcroft-libraries,1,3539490.story?coll=chi-news-hed http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/18/politics/18PATR.html Under pressure from lawmakers and civil rights groups over the Justice Department’s antiterrorism initiatives, Attorney General John Ashcroft reversed course Wednesday and agreed to declassify data showing how often federal agents had demanded records from libraries and other institutions, reports the New York Times. Civil rights advocates said the decision, which Ashcroft disclosed
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