Librarians Won't Stay Quiet About Government Surveillance
"In September 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft called out the librarians.
The American Library Association and civil liberties groups, he said,
were pushing 'baseless hysteria' about the controversial Patriot Act. He
suggested that they were worried that spy agencies wanted to know 'how
far you have gotten on the latest Tom Clancy novel.'
17 speeches into a national speaking tour defending the Patriot Act, a
law expanding government surveillance powers that passed nearly
unanimously in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. And
all along the way, the librarians showed up to protest.
case of government surveillance, they are not shushing. They've been
among the loudest voices urging freedom of information and privacy
Edward Snowden's campaign against the National
Security Agency's data collection program has energized this group once
again. And a new call to action from the ALA's president means their voices could be louder and more coordinated than ever."