Library patron arrested under Patriot Act

From MobyLives:

A New Mexico man who was arrested and handcuffed under the Patriot Act while in the St. John’s College library because of material and research he was looking at in the library has testified to state legislators that police “asked was I anti–American, how I felt about the war in Iraq and (about) Israel.”

The former public defender said he believes he came to the attention of federal agents because he attended lectures in Boulder, Colo., sponsored by the Coalition for Peace and Justice in Palestine and the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. He is on e-mail lists for both groups, and the Secret Service agents who interrogated him last week asked about these groups.


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