The astonishing report that the US FBI is telling 18,000 police organisations that possession of an almanac is grounds for suspicion of terrorist activity is reminscent of the old Eastern European joke:
Q: "Why do secret policeman go around in threes ?"
A: "Because there is the one who can read, the one who can write, and the one who keeps an eye on those other two intellectuals!".
For those of you laughing at the stupidity of this, then consider the United Kingdom Terrorism Act 2000 sections 57 and 58 which create the offences "possession for terrorist purposes" and of "collecting information". These sections reverse the burden of proof i.e. you have to prove that your almanac or whatever is innocent, rather than the prosecution having to prove that it is malicious (the normal standard of justice in the UK), or else face up to 10 years in jail.
Does using the Internet make you into a Thought Crime suspect ?