Civil Liberties: from DC to the Newton Library

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 02/06/2006 - 18:00

From The Bostonist , opinions about civil liberties and libraries, particularly as they pertain to the attempted seizure of materials at the Newton Library last week. The paper offers a link to quotes from Boston lecturer Richard Cravatts, also submitted here by LISNews reader DeeS: "The more thorny and pressing question is why a library director could even exercise the authority to block access to vital evidence requested by the police and FBI, stalling an investigation during an ongoing crime where stakes are high. More to the point, why are librarians, whose professional training concentrates on mastering the use of the Dewey Decimal System, making any decisions that affect law enforcement?" The op-ed above was printed in the Boston Globe in response to their own editorial on the subject of the attempted Newton seizure.