Tag Archives: USA PATRIOT Act

Library heroes reunite to defeat FBI surveillance

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For library professionals, civil rights advocates and Americans everywhere, the members of the “Connecticut Four” epitomize the word “hero.” Twelve years ago, Peter Chase, Barbara Bailey, Jan Nocek and George Christian fearlessly faced down the FBI by refusing to comply with a National Security Letter (NSL) demanding that they divulge patron borrowing and internet search records in the absence of ... Read More »

ALA secures activism leaders for Washington Update session

Golden gate bridge and Fort Point in San Francisco. Photo by Jon Sullivan.

For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. Standing in for EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn, the award-winning group’s Activism Director, Rainey Reitman, will discuss that proud shared ... Read More »

You did it! USA FREEDOM on its way to the President’s desk

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Moments ago, after three amendments that would have gutted it failed in a series of roll call votes, the USA FREEDOM Act passed the Senate by a vote of 67 to 32.  Having previously passed the House by one of the largest bipartisan margins in recent history (338- 88), the first serious reform of the nation’s surveillance law is now ... Read More »

ALA draws line in sand on USA FREEDOM amendments

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  The United States Senate adjourned today with the stage set for votes Tuesday afternoon on at least three “hostile” amendments to the USA FREEDOM Act filed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  As explained in a letter by Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff that will be delivered to all Senators ahead of Tuesday’s votes, passage of any one such ... Read More »