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Letter to Eric H. Holder Jr., Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Janet Napolitano re: Practice of "ideological exclusion" (Mar. 18, 2009)

Letter from interested organizations concerning the the practice of "ideological exclusion," refusing visas to foreign scholars, writers, artists, and activists not on the basis of their actions but on the basis of their ideas, political views, and associations.

pdf idex-coalition-letter-3-18-09.pdf

 
 

"Restoring the Rule of Law" Statement Submitted by ALA and ARL

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) submitted this statement for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing titled, "Restoring the Rule of Law" held on September 16, 2008.

pdf testimony-ruleoflaw-23sept08.pdf

 
   

Letter to Harry Reid re: S. 2248, the FISA Amendments Act of 2007 (Jan. 22, 2008)

Letter urging Senatory Harry Reid to support the Judiciary Committee's version of S. 2248, the FISA Amendments Act of 2007.

pdf fisacoalitionletterjan2008.pdf

 
   

Letter to Patrick Leahy re: Surveillance by the federal government of electronic information (Nov. 7, 2007)

Letter from NASULGC expressing support for efforts by the nation's librarians to require that any surveillance by the Federal government of the e-mails and other electronic information generated by library patrons be conducted only following issuance of a subpoena by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

pdf lt-leahy-surveillance-07nov07.pdf

 
 

"FISA Amendments: How to Protect Americans' Security and Privacy and Preserve the Rule of Law and Government Accountability" Statement Submitted by ALA and ARL

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) submitted this statement for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled "FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] Amendments: How to Protect Americans' Security and Privacy and Preserve the Rule of Law and Government Accountability" on October 31, 2007.

pdf fisa-statement-31oct07.pdf

 
 

Protecting Privacy & Intellectual Freedom in Libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) (the "Libraries") seek language in the RESTORE Act and other FISA modernization proposals that ensures judicial review of law enforcement requests for library patron records or surveillance of library users through library networks.

pdf protecting-privacy-22oct07.pdf

 
 

Fix the Critical Infrastructure Information Subtitle in the Homeland Security Act of 2002

The undersigned organizations are concerned about the current language for Critical Infrastructure Information in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which contains ambiguous definitions that could unintentionally allow companies to keep broad categories of information secret and provisions that restrict the government's ability to use the information.

pdf fix-foia-statement-2002.pdf

 
 

The Protect America Act and Libraries

The Protect America Act (PAA) has broad implications for libraries and library users. As Congress considers amending the Act prior to its sunset, the library community (the "LC") asks that its interest, and those of its users, be protected in the final bill language by requiring a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ("FISC") to access the facilities of, or to obtain other information from, libraries in the United States.

pdf paa-and-libraries-5oct07.pdf

 
 

Letter to Nancy Pelosi re: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) (Oct. 4, 2007)

Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting that she insist on public debate on any proposed legislation to alter the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

pdf coalition-ltr-pelosi-paa-4oct07.pdf

 
   

In the Matter of Petition for Expedited Rulemaking to Establish Technical Requirements and Standards Pursuant to Section 107(b) of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act: Joint Comments

Joint Comments Submitted on Behalf of American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Democracy & Technology, Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Media Access Project, The Rutherford Institute, and the Voice On The Net (Von) Coalition.

pdf joint_comments_calea_25july07.pdf

 
       

Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act and Broadband Access and Services: Request for Stay

This Request for a Stay seeks both a stay of the Commission's First Report & Order pending the release by the Commission of the subsequent orders anticipated by that first Order, and a stay of the First Report & Order pending review of that Order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

pdf calea-request-stay-23nov05.pdf

 
   

In the Matter of Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act and Broadband Access and Services Comments of ALA, ARL, and ACRL

Comments from library associations in support of exempting libraries from the requirements of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act ("CALEA").

pdf calea-comments-2005.pdf

 
   

Letter Supporting Data-Mining Provision in USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization (Sept. 23, 2005)

The undersigned organizations with diverse views write to urge that Senate Conferees accede to the House passed-version of the PATRIOT Act with respect to Section 132 of the House bill. It would require a government-wide survey of those federal programs that use "pattern-based" data-mining to identify a "pattern indicating terrorist or criminal activity." This provision would require the first full cataloging and assessment of government programs that employ this emerging technology. The provision would also require the Justice Department to identify legal impediments, if any, to the use of such technology.

pdf lt-patriot-data-mining-amendment-23sept05.pdf

 
   

“Reauthorizing the USA Patriot Act: Ensuring Liberty and Security”: A Summary of the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

On September 23, 2009 the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine three key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act (Patriot Act) that are set to expire or sunset on December 31, 2009.

pdf uspatriot_summary092309.pdf

 
   

Letter to Porter J. Goss and James Sensenbrenner re: H.R. 3179, the “AntiTerrorism Intelligence Tools Improvement Act of 2003” (Jun. 15, 2004)

Letter from interested organizations advising that consideration of H.R. 3179, should be postponed until Congress has conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Patriot Act authorities.

pdf lt-goss-sensenbrenner-hr3179-15jun04.pdf

 
         
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