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Library Associations Urge Congress to Increase Oversight and Enhance Civil Liberties Protections In Reauthorizing Provisions of the USA PATRIOT

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) support including enhanced civil liberties and due process safeguards in the reauthorization of selected provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. When Congress last reauthorized these provisions in 2005, it recognized the need for oversight and sunsets to ensure that there would be an opportunity to revisit the Act and make necessary changes. Since then, Justice Department investigations have produced abundant evidence of the need for comprehensive reform of the Act. Congress should pass the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2009 with key amendments to protect civil liberties.

pdf lib-assoc-statement-patriot-23sep09.pdf

 
         

Letter to Congress re: Terrorism legislation (Oct. 2, 2001)

Letter from library associations calling on Congress to move cautiously in proposing new laws and regulations aimed at terrorism.

pdf ltr-library-anti-terror-100201.pdf

 
   

Letter to Richard J. Durbin re: Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) (Jun. 27, 2011)

ARL letter expressing support for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or the DREAM Act.

pdf ltdream_27june11.pdf

 
   

Letter to Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. and W.J. "Billy" Tauzin re: "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" Discussion Draft (Sept. 8, 2003)

Letter from the Net Coalition regarding the "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" ("Discussion Draft" or "Draft"), specifically several provisions that would be unnecessarily punitive to the Internet community but would exceed other similar federal statutes.

pdf lt-netcoalition-databases-08sep03.pdf

 
 
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