A few months ago, Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) introduced a bill H.R. 1157, the Freedom to Read Protection Act; To amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to exempt bookstores and libraries from orders requiring the production of any tangible things for certain foreign intelligence investigations, and for other purposes.
Yesterday, in the House, Freedom prevailed when H.AMDT.280 an amendment to H.R.2862; 2006 Appropriations for Science, the Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce passed the House 238 - 187.
Sponsor: Rep Sanders, Bernard [VT] (offered 6/15/2005)
"An amendment numbered 15 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit funds in the bill from being used to implement provisions of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act which permits searches of library circulation records, library patron lists, book sales records, or book customer lists under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)."
The American Library Association hails the vote and encourages people to call their representative who voted for the amendment and thank them.
So how did King vote?
He voted NO.
---- NOES 187 ---
King voted against the freedom to go to the library or bookstore and know you can read whatever you want and the government cannot find out.
Check out Rep. Sanders site for more background on the freedom King wants to deny you.