Public libraries get slammed, too. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) larded up the same appropriations bill on Tuesday, tucking an Internet filtering requirement into it. The measure requires libraries and schools that want "e-rate" cash to wire themselves to the Net to cordon off large portions of it through blocking software.
Then there's the constitutionally suspect sequel to the Communications Decency Act, which the Senate also endorsed. (Hey, is anyone really surprised?) Attached to that ever-growing appropriations bill, the amendment makes it a crime to put graphics that are "harmful to minors" on the Web.