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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.
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Book Banning Materials
Cognitive Liberty and Book
Library Association’s Banned Books Week
Official site for the annual event calling attention to challenged and
- 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.
"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