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.
Letter to House Committee on the Judiciary re: USA Patriot Amendments Act, H.R. 3845 (Oct. 29, 2009)
“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.
Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act and Broadband Access and Services: Joint Comments of Industry and Public Interest
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.
In the Matter of Joint Petition for Rulemaking to Resolve Various Outstanding Issues Concerning the Implementation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act
Joint statement of industry and public interest.
In the Matter of US DOJ, FBI, and DEA Joint Petition for Rulemaking to Resolve Various Outstanding Issues Concerning the Implementation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (RM-10865)
Comments from higher education associations.
SPEC Kit 278: Library Patron Privacy (November 2003)
A scanned version of SPEC Kit 278 is available full view through HathiTrust. View document here »
SPEC Kit 277: Library Public Access Workstation Authentication (October 2003)n
A scanned version of SPEC Kit 277 is available full view through HathiTrust. View document here »
Letter to F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. and W.J. Tauzin re: Database and Collections of Information Misappropriations Act (Sept. 9, 2003)
Letter from the Association of American Universities, the American Council on Education, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, concerning the database protection legislation discussion draft "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriations Act."
Letter to Tom Ridge re: Homeland Security Information Sharing Act (HSISA) (Aug. 27, 2003)
Letter from interested organizations urging the Department of Homeland Security to give the public an opportunity to comment on procedures that are being developed that may restrict the public dissemination of "homeland security information," including information that is "sensitive but unclassified."
Letter to J. Dennis Hastert re: draft Domestic Security Enhancement Act (Apr. 2, 2003)
Letter from interested organizations urging Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert to ensure that the House of Representative follows normal parliamentary procedures when it takes up any new antiterrorism legislation.
How “Patriot Act 2” Would Further Erode the Basic Checks on Government Power That Keep America Safe and Free
Statement from the ACLU regarding the The USA PATRIOT Act, passed by Congress shortly after September 11, 2001.
Letter to Congress re: Domestic Security Enhancement Act (DSEA) (Mar. 17, 2003)
Letter from public interest organizations expressing opposition to the Domestic Security Enhancement Act (DSEA).
Letter to Interested Persons re: Section-by-Section Analysis of Justice Department draft “Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003,” also known as “Patriot Act II” (Feb. 14, 2003)
Letter from the ACLU regarding the "Patriot Act II."
Letter to James Sensenbrenner re: Questions about USA PATRIOT Act (July 26, 2002)
Letter from the Attorney General responding to questions about the USA PATRIOT Act.
The Search & Seizure of Electronic Information: The Law Before and After the USA PATRIOT Act
Matrix describing changes to search and seizure of electronic information due to the PATRIOT Act.
Terrorism: Section by Section Analysis of the USA PATRIOT Act
Analysis of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act, Public Law 107-56, part of the Congressional response to September 11.
SPEC Kit 267: User Authentication (December 2001)
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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.
Library Community Statement on Freedom of Speech and Access to Information
Library association statement in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Safeguarding our Patrons' Privacy: What Every Librarian Needs to Know About the USA PATRIOT Act & Related Anti-Terrorism Measures
Notes and agenda from a webcast held on December 11, 2002.