Politics

Canadian draft proposals to shield personal data

Cabot writes "The Canadian Press reports that the Government of Canada has drafted a proposal that would allow government departments to immediately cancel a contract with an American firm if it hands personal information about Canadians to U.S. anti-terrorism investigators."

FBI, "Radical Militant Librarians", and US

Fang-Face writes "There was an article by Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times, for Sunday 11 December 2005, titled
At FBI, Frustration Over Limits on an Antiterror Law, reprinted at TruthOut.org. In it, Lichtblau reports on how FBI agents are simply twitchy about using S.215. Interestingly enough, it seems to be field agents who are chafing at restrictions administration officials seem reluctant to lift. Lichtblau's allegations of agents wanting to run riot with S.215 are supported by internal FBI e-mails. One e-mail reads in part: "While radical militant librarians kick us around, true terrorists benefit from OIPR's failure to let us use the tools given to us," . . ."

Government tracking of cells prompts court fight

Jeanie Straub writes "The New York Times reports: "Most Americans carry cellphones, but many may not know that government agencies can track their movements through the signals emanating from the handset.In recent years, law enforcement officials have turned to cellular technology as a tool for easily and secretly monitoring the movements of suspects as they occur. But this kind of surveillance - which investigators have been able to conduct with easily obtained court orders - has now come under tougher legal scrutiny. In the last four months, three federal judges have denied prosecutors the right to get cellphone tracking information from wireless companies without first showing 'probable cause' to believe that a crime has been or is being committed. That is the same standard applied to requests for search warrants. The rulings, issued by magistrate judges in New York, Texas and Maryland, underscore the growing debate over privacy rights and government surveillance in the digital age." http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/10/technology/10pho ne.html(reg. required)"

Filtering software for Tasmanian libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "Here's a Press release from Paula Wriedt, MHA, Minister for Education Tasmanian public libraries and Online Access Centres will use filtering software to block access to pornographic and inappropriate websites from their computers from early next year to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate content by patrons and staff. Education Minister Paula Wriedt said today that a review of filtering policies within the State Library and Online Access Centres was completed, and advice had been received from the Tasmanian Library Advisory Board and the Tasmanian Communities Online Advisory Board. "The Tasmanian Government has developed a network of 48 branch and city libraries and 65 Online Access Centres that enables the Tasmanian community to have access to the Internet," she said. "Despite the educational and social benefits of the internet, there are risks associated with its use, and filtering technologies are now being used to protect young people against websites that are unsuitable. "Adult clients will also be protected from the alarm and embarrassment of inadvertently accessing pornographic material in a public place or witnessing someone else accessing this material. -- Read More

Librarians and Human Rights: End Torture Now

Kathleen writes ""Torture and Global Efforts to Combat It" is this year's topic for HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
10 DECEMBER 2005.

"Let us be clear: torture can never be an instrument to fight terror, for torture is an instrument of terror. [...]
Today, on Human Rights Day, let us recommit ourselves to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and let us rededicate ourselves to wiping the scourge of torture from the face of the earth."
Kofi Annan,
United Nations Secretary-General.

"Human rights are our common heritage
and their realization depends on the contributions
that each and every one of us is willing to make,
individually and collectively, now and in the future."
Louise Arbour
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
END TORTURE NOW!

The Office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Library aims to provide comprehensive and efficient information and reference services to OHCHR partners, UN human rights mechanisms and experts, and OHCHR staff. The OHCHR Library serves the international community but is also open to interested professionals outside the Organization (see OHCHR Library rules and regulations for more information).
Its collections cover a wide range of human rights issues either in hard copy or electronic format. The OHCHR Library, which also integrates a resource collection on human rights education and training, is linked with UN and other major libraries and research institutions around the world, providing users with on-line search and reference services.

Librarians and Human Rights: A Seminar"

OK-Rep to propose funding penalties for libraries

Adri writes "OK-Rep. Sally Kern is now planning to author legislation for the upcoming legislative session that would remove books deemed inappropriate from the children's section of public libraries and place them in an adult-only access area.

Visit this link for the entire story."

NARA does not need this kind of help

mdoneil writes "A member of Congress has proposed an Act "to provide for the creation of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Records Collection at the National Archives."

They are not collecting his records in the music sense of the word, but the records of his life and murder. If I recall Mr. Shakur was a drug dealing rap music artist of some acclaim. Apparently the fact that he shot two police officers (albiet in the arse) outside Atlanta earned him the acclaim of residents of that part of Georgia as he is remembered with the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The honorable woman from Georgia's 4th district also wants a copy of those papers at the Tupac Amaru (not to be confused with the leftist Tupac Amaru terrorists, or the beheaded Inca ruler) Shakur Center for the Arts.
I love this woman. My friend Dan who lived in Atlanta for some time used to call me and send me links to articles about this woman when she was first elected. She blamed the Jews for losing the primary when she ran the second time. She asked some Saudi Arabian prince for $10MM when Guliani rightly urned it down soon after 9/11. She had visions, she wants reparations for slaves, even Zell Miller a good Georgia Democrat called her a loonie.
I love our government, it provides some of the funniest material I have ever seen. Need a chuckle read the proposed Act fas.org
Don't tell NARA it will give them agita."

Library of Congress Guide on Justice Alito

Daniel writes "The fast acting folks at the Library of Congress' Law Reading Room have put together a bibliography of materials by and about Justice Samuel A. Alito."

20/20's 411 on Library of Congress Firing

Babylon Sister writes "This Friday, October 21, ABC's 20/20 will run a story on Diane Schroer at 10:00 PM EDT. Diane has an amazing story. A retired Army Special Forces Colonel,Diane accepted a job researching terrorism for the Library of Congress, only tohave the offer rescinded when she told her supervisor that she is transgender. -- Read More

Groups Threaten to Boycott American Girl

The Reader's Shop writes Conservative activists are threatening a boycott of American Girl, the manufacturer of a popular line of dolls and books, unless the company quits contributing to an organization that supports abortion rights and acceptance of lesbians.

American Girl is donating proceeds from sales of a special "I Can" wristband to help support educational and empowerment programs of Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be "strong, smart and bold". American Girl is defending its support of Girls Inc., saying, "We are profoundly disappointed that certain groups have chosen to misconstrue American Girl's purely altruistic efforts and turn them into a broader political statement on issues that we, as a corporation, have no position,"

American Family Association, in a campaign launched Wednesday, is urging its members to demand that American Girl halt support for Girls Inc. The Pro-Life Action League, a Chicago-based anti-abortion group, is asking supporters to contact American Girl. The league's executive director said her organization might call for a boycott of American Girl's products and organize picketing at its stores in Chicago and New York if the company doesn't sever ties with Girls Inc.

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