"So, today, we take the first step toward securing Americans’ Constitutional right to read without Big Brother looking over our collective shoulder by reintroducing the Freedom to Read Protection Act. At the end of this year, Section 215 and certain other sections of the Patriot Act are set to expire. President Bush and Attorney General Gonzales have already stated their desire to make Section 215 permanent. That sets us up for a showdown over this critically important issue that goes to the heart of who we are as a people and a nation.
"Let us be very clear. Terrorism is a serious threat and the United States government should do all that it can to protect our citizens from another terrorist attack. However, we do not have to sacrifice our basic civil liberties and Constitutional rights to do that. We can protect the American people from terrorism while, at the same time, we uphold the United States’ Constitution and Bill of Rights – that extraordinary document that has made us a free nation and the envy of the world. " (Bernie Sanders, Vermont representative)