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House committees break surveillance reform bill logjam; logrolling begins…

After months of outward inactivity, two key Committees of the House of Representatives with previously very different views of what the government’s surveillance powers should be have just breathed new life into long-stalled efforts to reform existing national security laws sparked by the revelations of NSA “leaker” Edward Snowden almost a year ago. On Wednesday, May 7 the House Judiciary ... Read More »

Is Snowden a Whistleblower?

Here’s a selected cross-section of op-eds and editorials: YES Edward Snowden Is A Whistleblower The American Civil Liberties Union Opinion – August 1, 2013 Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower The New York Times Editorial – January 1, 2014 Why Edward Snowden Should Get Clemency USA Today Opinion -January 2, 2014 Clemency For Edward Snowden Would Not Set A Dangerous Precedent The Atlantic ... Read More »

What’s next for surveillance reform?

Library advocates can expect 2014 to be a year full of privacy and surveillance issues. The potential for reform of our country’s surveillance laws and programs is serious business and will take dedicated association and grassroots resources to contribute to reform efforts. As noted in the first part of our blog series on surveillance, one of the considerations for the ... Read More »

Fighting for privacy: My time at the anti-NSA rally

Last week, ALA Press Officer Jazzy Wright marched in the Stop Watching Us privacy rally, which many say was the largest protest to date against NSA monitoring. Author Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.” That was the feeling I carried with me on October 26, 2013, when I ... Read More »

What did YOU do during summer vacation?

Congress is now in a five-week recess. Some pundits are asking recess from what? because this 113th Congress has passed even fewer bills in its first months between January and August than even the previous lowest-scoring 112th Congress. When they return, they will have only nine legislative days until the government shuts down. Neither side of government (House or Senate) ... Read More »