A month or so ago, we posted about an author who claimed she’d been investigated because certain research triggered Patriot Act alarms. This story came from a trusted source and a trusted publication. This week, we’ve received several pieces of information indicating the author profiled in the article may have been, well, lying. She is certainly being investigated, but for other reasons.
Though we hesitate to say this, but other trusted sources have indicated the author under indictment and the author who made the Patriot Act claims are the same. Booksquare’s trusty investigative journalist, who worked day and night on this story (and is off receiving a well-deserved massage), has found sufficient information to support the rumors we’ve received all week. Unless another author pops out of the woodwork, we believe quite a few people were duped.
We are extremely sad because the Patriot Act has major flaws and needs serious thought rather than rubber-stamp approval when the sunset provisions kick in — hiding your own actions behind the Act serves nobody well. We are also sad because we actually met this woman. She did not tell us her Patriot Act story, but did tell other stories that have been cast into doubt. Sure, you never know the truth about the people you meet; it’s never fun to have this point driven home.