Choose Privacy Week 2014: Just Another Hysterical Librarian for Freedom

by Nancy Kranich Rutgers School of Communication and Information Past President, American Library Association Are librarians hysterical about protecting user privacy, as Attorney General John Ashcroft contended in 2003? That was the question asked when LIS students at Rutgers University heard from two librarians on the front lines defending and promoting intellectual freedom since the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001. The colloquium...

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Take Action: New USA Freedom Act could reform the USA PATRIOT Act

Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that would place restrictions on bulk phone and internet government surveillance, and permit companies to make public the number of FISA orders and National Security Letters received. This bicameral piece of legislation would rewrite section 215 of the Patriot Act—also called the “library provision”—and impose new limits...

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Stop Watching Us: Join the Rally Against Mass Surveillance

This Saturday, October 26th, on the 12th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act, StopWatching.us, a coalition of over 100 advocacy organizations and individuals across the political spectrum (including the American Library Association) will host the largest rally against against NSA surveillance in Washington, DC. Beginning at 12PM, in front of Union Station, marchers will deliver more than a half-million petitions to Congress during...

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Support Grows for Amash Amendment to End NSA Surveillance: Call Congress Today

Support is growing for the Amash Amendment, a proposal by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Rep.  John Conyers (D-MI)  that would halt funding for the National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless collection of phone records for all persons in the United States under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.  The legislation would amend the Defense Appropriations Bill so that the NSA could only use court orders issued pursuant to Section 215 to collect...

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Act Now: Support the Amash Amendment to Stop Funding NSA Surveillance

Reposting from District Dispatch: Help put a stop to warrantless surveillance. Ask your congressional representative today to vote YES on the Amash amendment in the Defense Appropriations Bill, H.R. 2397. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) have introduced an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill, H.R. 2397, that would stop funding the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance programs. Act now:...

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