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Friday, October 29, 2004
Big Brother is Watching (US Branch)
Writer raided for doing research
Here's a deeply creepy manifestation of the Patriot Act: A writer of "mainstream women's fiction" was working on an adventure novel set in Cambodia and involving terrorists. For research, she was buying books online, checking them out from the library, and looking at Cambodia-related websites.
Her home was raided and her writing material confiscated (including her computers, her files, her contracts, and even her music CDs). She still hasn't gotten most of her stuff back.
I got this information from the November 2004 issue of Romance Writers Report, the monthly magazine of Romance Writers of America.
A friend got her photo into the Sydney Morning Herald Readers' Photo Gallery!
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