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Faced With Trillions Of Dollars of Debt, Matt Salmon Chooses To Eliminate A Tiny Speck Of Spending

Congressman Matt Salmon voted AGAINST a bill to eliminate 4.4 trillion dollars in federal spending, but now says that we can fix the federal debt by eliminating the tiny budget of the National Endowment for the Humanities. [...]

How Did Tea Party in Congress Vote on Seizing Library Records without a Warrant?

Later today, the U.S. Senate is expected to enter into a very brief debate followed by a vote to reauthorize the surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act, most likely for four years. If you’ve been following the issue of the Patriot Act, you’re aware that it permits a wide net of surveillance, searches and [...]

America’s Librarians Call for Patriot Act Surveillance Reform in Congress

Don’t mess with librarians; they’re organized and they take notes.

The American Library Association and California Library Association have released statements in which they decry the current regime of government surveillance and call for significant reforms to the Patriot Act before any reauthorization of its powers this year.

The CLA’s resolution articulates multiple areas in [...]

America's Librarians Call for Patriot Act Surveillance Reform in Congress

Don’t mess with librarians; they’re organized and they take notes.

The American Library Association and California Library Association have released statements in which they decry the current regime of government surveillance and call for significant reforms to the Patriot Act before any reauthorization of its powers this year.

The CLA’s resolution articulates multiple areas in [...]

Most Democrats Vote Against Protecting Americans From National Security Letters

8 out of the 12 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted against protecting Americans’ constitutional rights from known abuses of the Patriot Act. The following is a transcript of the speech Senator Dick Durbin gave explaining why the abuses of the Patriot Act called for a restriction of National Security Letter powers. [...]

Jeff Sessions: Libraries Think They’ve Got “Some Religion Thing” with Privacy for Patrons

“There’s no particular legal justification, none that I know of, that librarians have more protections for holding records in their building than a bank. They got it in their heads, somehow, this is some sort of religion thing with them!”

- Jeff Sessions, October 1, 2009, expressing his frustration with librarians and explaining in the [...]

Jeff Sessions: Libraries Think They've Got "Some Religion Thing" with Privacy for Patrons

“There’s no particular legal justification, none that I know of, that librarians have more protections for holding records in their building than a bank. They got it in their heads, somehow, this is some sort of religion thing with them!”

- Jeff Sessions, October 1, 2009, expressing his frustration with librarians and explaining in the [...]

Vital Infrastructure, Especially in Troubled Times: Save Ohio Libraries

Daniel Dunkle of the Camden Herald Gazette makes a point about the importance of libraries in troubled economic times:

As the recession continues, local public libraries are seeing an increased need for their services. In some cases residents are coming in to polish up their resumes and use library computers to search for jobs. Others [...]

Philadelphia Should Tax Cars Instead Of Closing Libraries

Philadelphia could have reduced traffic, better educated citizens, improved public safety, and kids who know how to swim – or it could save car owners one hundred dollars every year. Mayor Michael Nutter is nutters for choosing cars over community. [...]