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SPRING 2003
This project has been suspended pending sufficient funding.

This is an archive.
 

On October 25, 2001, Congress approved the USA Patriot Act, which, among other threats to civil liberties, rescinds protection of “any tangible things” that could be useful to an investigation of terrorist or intelligence activities. Librarians immediately recognized the threat this law would pose to maintaining confidentiality of library patrons’ reading records or computer usage logs. Worse still, the Act restricts librarians from disclosing the FBI’s presence, the production of patron records, or the surveillance of library computers once it has occurred. Thus, the public has only recently learned that intensified federal monitoring of public libraries is in fact taking place across the country.  >> read complete project statement

CCLE Actions

Resources

Library Surveillance Materials

Book Banning Materials

  • Cognitive Liberty and Book Banning
     
  • American Library Association’s Banned Books Week
    Official site for the annual event calling attention to challenged and banned books.
     
  • Censorship In Paradise: New Zealand Thought Police Seize Books From Loompanics, by Russ Kick
    In 1997, Loompanics published The New Zealand Immigration Guide, which spoke very highly of the beautiful, secluded island-nation. Apparently, New Zealand will not be returning the compliment. The government of New Zealand has decided that publications from Loompanics are not welcome in the country, and it's currently persecuting a married couple for the "crime" of ordering some books. The government of New Zealand has decided that publications from Loompanics are not welcome in the country, and it's currently persecuting a married couple for the "crime" of ordering some books.


Media Censorship

  • Project Censored  
    "We define censorship as any interference with the free flow of information in American Society," stated Peter Phillips Director of the Project, "Corporate media in the United States is interested primarily in entertainment news to feed their bottom-line priorities. Very important news stories that should reach the American public often fall on the cutting room floor to be replaced by sex-scandals and celebrity updates."