ALA seeks -- refugee status? -- in Canada?

An article posted to Alternet divulges the latest on USAPA from the ALA. Including this little tidbit:

In a report released on Monday to widespread mainstream media silence, the American Library Association reported that domestic law authorities have instigated more than 200 requests for information libraries since October 2001, the month the Patriot Act was hurriedly passed and signed into law.

While this should be a cause for concern for any citizen, it comes with a sad addendum: It would appear that the ALA doesn't trust the government enough to house its findings on a computer server anywhere in the United States. The ALA, in surveying U.S. libraries for a report on the impact of the USA Patriot Act, housed its data on a computer server in Canada, beyond the reach of U.S. authorities.

Well, I have said that Canada has been a refuge for American citizens fleeing the tyranny of their own government since the United Empire Loyalists flooded across the border. It cannot be a good sign, however, when a nation-wide organization of such scope gives a clear and present indication that it does not trust the gubmint to this extent.

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The library association, in a report released today, said that U.S. law enforcement authorities made more than 200 requests for information from libraries since October 2001, the month the Patriot Act was signed into law.

This report includes all law enforcement, state, county, city, etc.. You, Alternet and ALA are missing two important pieces of information here to draw any conclusions; pre 9/11 data on information requests and the number of requests directly related to federal PA investigations. I'm sure there's a logic term for this.

BTW there are over 117,000 libraries in the U.S. Here's your paranoia of the probability of an American library being investigated by PA Feds in a given year expressed as formula:

117,000/([200-x]/3.5)
(X=non PA related investigations)

We've got bigger worries here Fang like getting on a plane with a drunken pilot (117:1), IRS audit (175:1), or incurring an injury while mowing the lawn (3623:1)

Well, I have said that Canada has been a refuge for American citizens fleeing the tyranny of their own government since the United Empire Loyalists flooded across the border.

King George II Dynasty Years

Canadian Immigrants to United States (Dept. Homeland Security)

  • 2001 - 30,203
  • 2002 - 27,299
  • 2003 - 16,555
  • 2004 - 22,437

    U.S. Immigrants to Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)

  • 2001 - 5908
  • 2002 - 5293
  • 2003 - 5990
  • 2004 - n/a
  • Relax, Tomeboy, nobody expected you to get it. The thrust of the entry is that that the ALA archived the information outside the jurisdiction of the U.S because it simply could not trust its own government. Nor was I talking about standard immigration. And you forgot to rationalize the influx of Viet Nam era draft-dodgers and deserters as being due to the influence of non-American tyranny, as well.

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