Tag Archives: NSA

Slam internet standards back door on NSA

Lock and chain over green door

Last night, immediately post-passage of the landmark USA FREEDOM Act, we celebrated as urged here in the District Dispatch. We also wrote, “Tomorrow, the fight for further badly needed reforms will go on.” Well, it’s now “tomorrow” and there is indeed more work that Congress can and must do as this post goes to press to truly prevent the ongoing ... Read More »

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

Rollercoaster at sunset

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 »