http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-patriot2sep02,1,758093.story?coll=la-home-leftrail As Attorney General John Ashcroft speaks across the nation in defense of the USA Patriot Act, is the measure as bad as the critics charge? The Los Angeles Times takes a close look and reports a mixed picture. Case in point: library groups and booksellers criticize the measure's giving federal agents powers to obtain patrons' reading records. Previously, they had to . . .
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