Tag Archives: Civil Liberties

29 Additional Groups Stand for Privacy

This week, 29 additional organizations joined a national coalition demanding Congress initiate a full-scale investigation into the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. The civil liberties coalition sent an open letter to Congress calling for a congressional investigative committee. The letter comes even as dozens of groups are organizing a nationwide call-in campaign to demand transparency and an end to the ... Read More »

ALA Joins Others to Demand Civil Liberties

The American Library Association recently joined 86 other civil liberties groups, Internet activists and authors to sign an open letter to Congress, calling for a congressional investigation committee, similar to the Church Committee of the 1970s. The letter is in response to the recent leaking of highly classified documents about the government’s monitoring of private Internet and telephone communications. “We ... Read More »

PATRIOT Act reader privacy Amendment #524 fails in House vote

The House has defeated in a 196 “yeas” to 232 “nays” vote this afternoon the Conyers-Paul-Nadler-Jones Amendment, # 524 that would have improved reader privacy protections in Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.  This amendment could have returned the legal standard for law enforcement to obtain library and bookstore records to require a warrant or grand jury subpoena for ... Read More »