USA Patriot Act and Libraries

Peter Chase and George Christian talked about their experiences in challenging a Federal Bureau of Investigation demand for library patron… read more

Peter Chase and George Christian talked about their experiences in challenging a Federal Bureau of Investigation demand for library patron records. In the summer of 2005 a Connecticut library consortium called Library Connection received an FBI National Security Letter demanding patron information. The organization’s board decided to resist the order, and the case went to court, with the identity of the “John Doe” librarians kept secret. Because the FBI’s demand came with a gag order, the “John Doe” librarians could not tell anyone about it for eight months, including library staff, family members, or the media. The speakers responded to audience members' questions.

Ben Scotch, former director of Vermont ACLU, responded to a question at the end of the session. 

The Vermont Library Association’s biannual John Swan Intellectual Freedom Lecture was titled “Gagged by the Government-Two Librarians Tell How They Resisted the USA PATRIOT Act.” close

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Location:
Burlington, Vermont, United States
First Aired:
Apr 6, 2007
Last Aired:
Apr 9, 2007

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