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The AP reports the Supreme Court was asked Monday to let libraries speak out about FBI demands for their records in a case involving the Patriot Act anti-terrorism law.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the emergency appeal, on behalf of an anonymous client, but the paperwork is censored and gives few details.
Here's a commentary from a mom who, while in theory likes that her local library takes patron privacy seriously, feels a bit put out by not being able to find out what her minor-aged sons have checked out.
as much as I'm not a big believer in the ''it takes a village'' approach to raising children, I think I'd welcome the well-timed call from my local librarian should he or she deem something on my son's check-out record a little ... curious. Like if one of my kids were checking out his 19th book about fertilizer, pipes and detonating devices in the last three weeks. Is that an ''extenuating circumstance?''
More from Mcall.com. (Allentown, PA)
The Reader's Shop writes "The New York Times reported on Monday that the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan agreed to a temporary stay of a lower court ruling that would have allowed a member of the American Library Association to participate in the debate about the Patriot Act.
In the case, the FBI sent a Conn. library consortium a national security letter demanding that it turn over patron information and not disclose the request publicly.
The ACLU is arguing for the consortium in the case. Ann Beeson, the lead lawyer for the ACLU called the ruling "extremely frustrating" but also says she takes some comfort from the appellate court's promise to expedite the appeal."
that federal prosecutors appealed a federal judge's decision to lift a gag order on librarians who received an FBI demand for records about library patrons under the Patriot Act.
The appeal, filed in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, will be considered by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
A good long look at PATRIOT from The San Mateo County Times. They ran a three-day series looking at the impact and controversy over the Patriot Act and its second revision that awaits President Bush's signature. :
Terror fight meets privacy concerns
Booksellers at fore of Patriot Act fights
A lot of myths tied to powers under the Act
This story comes from the Star Ledger in NJ about the Associate Director, Karen Avenick, at South County Regional Library System and when the Police called on the library on October 12, 2001 to demand library records and several computers.
An Anonymous Patron points to a An AP Piece that reports a federal prosecutor said Two of the Sept. 11 hijackers used a public-access computer at a New Jersey college library to buy tickets for the plane they seized and crashed into the Pentagon. Ken Wainstein, U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, made the disclosure Thursday during a congressional hearing in which the Bush administration pushed for renewal of provisions of the Patriot Act that make it easier for investigators to obtain library and other records.
The Associated Press reports A federal judge lifted a gag order Friday that shielded the identity of librarians who received an FBI demand for records about library patrons under the Patriot Act.
U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union, which argued that the gag order prevented their client from participating in a debate over whether Congress should reauthorize the Patriot Act.
The Grand Rapids Press Reports The City Council on Tuesday rejected a resolution expressing concern with sections of the federal Patriot Act.
The resolution was proposed by the city's Human Relations Commission and on put on the agenda Wednesday by Councilman David Hoekstra.
The council rejected the resolution 5-2, with only the 6th Ward councilman Hoekstra and Councilman At-Large Jerome Kobes voting in favor. Mayor Al McGeehan and 2nd Ward Victor Orozco were absent.
Gazette Newspapers - Long Beach,CA, Reports Long Beach has joined a growing list of cities that have officially opposed portions of the United States Patriot Act.
Tuesday night, the City Council unanimously voted to send a letter in support of a State Senate resolution urging the government to repeal some recently extended parts of the Patriot Act to "ensure that civil liberties are protected."