We all recall the hooplah from America’s librarians over Section 215 of the Patriot Act. We should also all recall that the Justice Department revealed that FBI had not once utilized section 215 to investigate a library in the US. We should also recall that all of this is a pretty old news story. Alas, the good folks at
Mother Jones don’t remember. They offer a hagiographic profile of a “hellraiser” librarian who is leading the “resistance” against that ol’ debbil John Ashcroft. It’s almost as if MJ had dusted off a story from 2002. In fact, the author doesn’t even meention the fact that no libraries have been searched. It’s not a particularly interesting story by any means, except in a sociological sense, confirming the reality-denying romanticism of certain liberals.