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Supporting the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015: ALA’s perspective

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Anyone who’s followed legislative efforts over the past ten plus years to restore a fraction of the civil liberties lost by Americans to the USA PATRIOT Act and other surveillance laws will understand the photo accompanying this post. With the revelations of the last several years in particular, first by the New York Times and then Edward Snowden, many believed ... Read More »

It’s now or (almost) never for real NSA reform; contacting Congress today is critical!

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It was mid-summer when Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the outgoing Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, answered the House of Representative’s passage of an unacceptably weak version of the USA FREEDOM Act by introducing S. 2685, a strong, bipartisan bill of his own. Well, it’s taken until beyond Veterans Day, strong lobbying by civil liberties groups and tech companies, and ... Read More »

Librarians won’t stay quiet about surveillance

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The Washington Post highlighted the library community’s efforts to protect the public from government intrusion or censorship in “Librarians won’t stay quiet about government surveillance,” a feature article published today. It has been a longstanding belief in the library community that the possibility of surveillance–whether directly or through access to records of speech, research and exploration–undermines a democratic society. Washington ... Read More »

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 »

NSA oversight group receives American Library Association award

Today, the American Library Association awarded President Barack Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies the 2014 James Madison Award during the 16th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The Presidential Review Group received the award for calling for dozens of urgent and practical reforms to the National Security Agency’s unlawful surveillance programs. Calling on the government ... Read More »