In an ALA Washington Office press release, FBI Director’s Comments to Senate Reveal Continued Hostility Toward Libraries, Privacy, it is noted that in a written response to the U.S. Senate, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert S. Mueller III again demonstrated that “the Department of Justice fails to comprehend the role of libraries and the importance of privacy in the United States.”

“It’s been made clear on several occasions that the Senate intends for libraries to be protected,” said ALA President Leslie Burger, “but the FBI willfully ignores the intent and maintains its correctness in the law.”

See also Mueller’s answers in their entirety(PDF) and USA PATRIOT Act and Intellectual Freedom.

See also Privacy Lost and Regained and The Erosion of Privacy.

Amazing stuff.