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Old 08-15-2004, 04:36 PM   #1
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A release from the American Library Assc., who beat back an attempt by Ashcroft to order libraries to DESTROY copies of certains laws and restrict public access!

Here's the ALA statement on their victory
http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Sect...ontentID=72299

and the original article....
Ashcroft Orders Libraries To Destroy Copies Of Laws

http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin...cgi?read=53587

Federal Statutes On Asset Forfeiture May Not Be Published,

In another move towards federal tyranny, the Attorney General John Ashcroft has ordered the American Library Association to destroy all copies of the federal laws on asset forfeiture and to deny access to those laws to the general public.

The unprecedented move, in which US citizens would be unable to read or know the text of the laws they are expected to obey, was another stage in the growing power of President George W Bush.

The American Library Association has refused the request of the "Justice" Department to destroy copies of the law, and made the following statement:

Statement regarding DOJ request for removal of government publications by depository libraries

The following statement has been issued by President-Elect Michael Gorman, representing President Carol Brey-Casiano, who is currently in Guatemala representing the Association:

July 30, 2004

Statement from ALA President-Elect Michael Gorman:

Last week, the American Library Association learned that the Department of Justice asked the Government Printing Office Superintendent of Documents to instruct depository libraries to destroy five publications the Department has deemed not "appropriate for external use." The Department of Justice has called for these five these public documents, two of which are texts of federal statutes, to be removed from depository libraries and destroyed, making their content available only to those with access to a law office or law library.

The topics addressed in the named documents include information on how citizens can retrieve items that may have been confiscated by the government during an investigation.

The documents to be removed and destroyed include: Civil and Criminal Forfeiture Procedure; Select Criminal Forfeiture Forms; Select Federal Asset Forfeiture Statutes; Asset forfeiture and money laundering resource directory; and Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 (CAFRA).

ALA has submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the withdrawn materials in order to obtain an official response from the Department of Justice regarding this unusual action, and why the Department has requested that documents that have been available to the public for as long as four years be removed from depository library collections. ALA is committed to ensuring that public documents remain available to the public and will do its best to bring about a satisfactory resolution of this matter.

Librarians should note that, according to policy 72, written authorization from the Superintendent of Documents is required to remove any documents. To this date no such written authorization in hard copy has been issued.

Keith Michael Fiels

Executive Director

American Library Association
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Yeah, this was pretty cool.
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Our local Library celebrates 'Read a Banned Book week'. I'd like to bann Ashcroft.
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Now everyone listen to me, knowledge is dangerous. I repeat dangerous. The less knowledge you have about the law the more I can f@#k with you, I mean help you. Now just burn the books and go on with your lives, this government will take care of you. If you don't we'll use the Patriot Act on your ass.
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Yeah, my mom is a librarian. I think she's great.

Librarians also pressured Random House to publish Michael Moore's best-selling book, "Stupid White Men", because the publisher was going to bury it for good. Librarians are smart, sexy, vivacious women and men, and should be commended for their efforts.
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Isn't Ashcroft the same nut that wanted to have statues covered up, if they were naked?
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Isn't Ashcroft the same nut that wanted to have statues covered up, if they were naked?
I think so .

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US citizens would be unable to read or know the text of the laws they are expected to obey
Uh...yeah, brilliant idea, Ashcroft !

That guy worries me. He really, really does. Glad that the librarians won this one .

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To the librarians on this thread, may I say :applause:

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