Politics

Protecting the Nation's Memory

Linda K. Kerber is a professor of history at the University of Iowa has written a POV Column in the Chronicle on the National Archives and Records Administration allowing some federal agencies to withdraw declassified documents from public view and the Smithsonian Institution has signed an agreement with Showtime Networks to create an on-demand cable-television channel. That the Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to search the papers of the late investigative journalist Jack Anderson. She asks have you thought about what those controversies mean taken together?

Librarian Joins Michigan Senate District Race

Some News From MI: Elizabeth Fulton, a librarian at Battle Creek's Southwestern Middle School, on Monday announced her candidacy in Michigan's 19th Senate District.While Fulton, a Battle Creek resident, is running as a Republican, she said party politics are not a factor for her. Nonetheless, she chose to run from the right. She said she agrees with the GOP on most points, calling her views "pretty much parallel" with Republicans.

Copyright reform in Australia,

ADHD_librarian writes "yes, you no longer have to buy multiple copies of the same song in order to listen to it in different places.
You can now copy your vinyl records straight to your ipod (I know if I held onto them long enough they'd be useable again. Ha music industry, now I'm never buying '1986 just for kicks' on CD. The future's so bright I've got to wear shades!)
And for librarians, 'format shifting' of material such as newspapers becomes easier. (Although libraries who could argue they were doing it to maintain access to archival collections could do this in the past).

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Lexis-Nexis Hosts Yes Men for Halliburton

Kelly writes "Lexis-Nexis's branch Mealey's hosted the Yes Man, an environmental activist group: "Halliburton Co. fell victim this week to a group of pranksters pushing a "SurvivaBall" to save corporate executives from the effects of global warming. Members of the Yes Men, a group of environmental and corporate ethics activists, gave a presentation at a trade conference pretending to be Halliburton executives touting large inflatable suits that provide corporate managers safety from global warming. They also distributed a phony press release through e-mail and set up a Web site, halliburtoncontracts.com, similar to the real Halliburton site, halliburton.com. "It's basically a giant inflatable orb," said a Yes Man posing as "Fred Wolf of Halliburton" during a phone interview yesterday. "If catastrophe threatens a large population, the business manager simply enters the orb, puts it on, and it protects him or her in any climate condition, whether it involved tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, ice conditions or heat conditions." For more: http://washingtontimes.com/business/20060511-11053 4-5777r.htm For pictures, which also show Lexis-Nexis banners, see: http://halliburtoncontracts.com/about/history.html "

65% of Americans don't care that NSA has their #

mdoneil writes "ABC News say that only 35% of Americans think the datamining facilitated by the telcos is a bad thing.
The report about the ABC News/WaPo poll is available here.
I don't find this too surprising and I think the media are making a mountain out of a mole hill. I did however think it would have been split a bit closer to the middle.

While I do object to the telcos giving my phone records over without my consent, I don't object to the NSA having the records. If they asked they could have had them.
Of course I've been mad at the phone company for years."

National Security Letters issued 9,254 times

Rich writes "Zdnet reports that the FBI's use of a Patriot Act provision that lets it make secret requests for subscriber information from Internet service providers drew scrutiny from U.s. Senators on Tuesday.

"On Friday, the Justice Department reported to Congress that it had made 9.254 such requests pertaining to 3,501 "U.S. persons in 2005. according to a copy of the agency's letter posted on the Federation of American Scientists web site."

"Sen Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat who has been one of the most vocal critics of the Patriot Act, said
Tuesday that the number was far, far larger than the number of requests made under Section 215 of the Patriot Act." "I fear the reason might be that in Section 215 they have to go before a judge, and with National Security Letters, they don't, he said."

Freedom of Speech Tour with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Neil Young has released Living with War via the Web, with CD to follow, a ferocious new album that expresses free speech to the max, as he takes on the Iraq war and President Bush in full frontal fashion. It's called "Living with War," it includes a song called "Let's Impeach the President."
--Editor and Publisher.==

The Freedom of Speech Tour this summer will reunite Young with Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

Iowa town bans sex offenders from local library

The Reader's Shop writes "WCFCourier.com
reports that the City Council members of Oelwein, Iowa have voted to bar registered
sex offenders with a history of attacking children from entering within 250
feet of kid friendly public places. The list of kid friendly places includes
libraries, schools, parks, child care facilities, bike trails and recreation
centers. Sex offenders can be fined $750 if they are found to be in a safe zone.
Offenders with a "reason" to be in a safe zone are exempt.
Related Stories:
whotv.com, oelweingov.com."

Yahoo reportedly ratted out another cyberdissident

Fang-Face writes: "An article posted to Reporters Without Borders titled
Yahoo! implicated in third cyberdissident trial, says that the watchdog organization had obtained a copy of the trial verdict, which indicates that Yahoo! helped Chinese police to identify Jiang Lijun. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment in November 2003 for posting pro-democracy articles online."

FBI and Anderson Papers - Deeply Disturbing

kmccook writes "The Chronicle of Higher Education reports:

George Washington U. to Receive Jack Anderson's Papers -- but FBI Wants to See Them First.

During his life and career as a muckraking journalist in Washington, Jack Anderson cultivated secret sources throughout the halls of government -- sources who passed on information that allowed Anderson to investigate and write about Watergate, CIA assassination schemes, and countless scandals. His syndicated column, Washington Merry-Go-Round, earned him the enmity of the corrupt and powerful -- so much so that during the Watergate years, associates of Nixon had discussed assassinating the columnist. They never went through with the plot. Anderson died last December at the age of 83.

His archive, some 200 boxes now being held by George Washington University's library, could be a trove of information about state secrets, dirty dealings, political maneuverings, and old-fashioned investigative journalism, open for historians and up-and-coming reporters to see.

But the government wants to see the documents before anyone else.

The FBI's interest in the Anderson archive is "deeply disturbing and deeply in conflict with the academy's interests in freedom of inquiry, research, and scholarship," said Duane E. Webster, the executive director of the Association of Research Libraries.

Jack Siggins, the university librarian, says the FBI's interest in the archive is 'an example of the pressure that libraries are under to change their fundamental philosophy -- which is, to provide the information to the people in order to let the people understand what is going on in their government.'""

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