Copied almost verbatim from an email I received from my boss this morning. Thanks, Jill.
Subject: Public enemy number one?Ok, I don’t know how many of y’all heard about a recently released FBI email that complained the FBI hasn’t been allowed to search library records to nab terrorists. This is a dust-up over a section of the “Patriot Act” commonly known as the library provision which allows the FBI to search the records of any library patron and that librarians are not allowed to report when search warrants have been issued. Many librarians are opposed to this provision. The FBI claims they have never used said provision (although that’s open to dispute). However, here’s the section of the email that caught my attention:
“The inability of FBI investigators to use this seemingly effective tool has had a direct and clearly adverse impact on our terrorism cases. While radical militant librarians kick us around, true terrorists benefit from OIPR’s [Office of Intelligence Policy and Review] failure to let us use the tools given to us.” (click here for more
Chew on that for just a minute.
If you’re one of the folks I’m emailing with a library science degree, you’re already either laughing or crying. There’s no hope
If you don’t have a background in library & info. science, take a moment to think about me. After all, you know me pretty well. Some of you are related to me. I have a degree in LIS and while I don’t work in a public library, I work in a library school helping to educate other librarians. And according to the FBI, I am kicking their butt and helping the terrorists win. I had no idea! Wow! I hope They don’t come for you guys in the middle of the night as a result of my nefarious activities…
So to help remind me of my new status, Garret created some t-shirts and other swag on Cafe Press. You don’t have to buy anything, but it might make you laugh to look and we’d appreciate it if you pass the link on to any other America-hating , terrorist-helping people you may know.
The little cartoon guy may look bookish, but you can tell by that growl he’s radical! And militant!
Yours in fighting the man,