shop til you go to jail

Maybe the way they can get people to really care about the USA PATRIOT Act is to say that it’s going to affect how we shop?

Mr. Bevis, of Arundel books, said his online book buyers continue to gravitate to less controversial titles – no matter his promises of privacy. But shoppers at his Seattle store – many of whom work at a nearby federal office building – continue to buy books that in some cases might be construed as inflammatory. “But nowadays,” he said, “everybody I know who’s a federal employee is paying cash.” [NYT, lisnews]