Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Frontline 2006: The Library

So apparently some school received a terrorist threat, which was found to have been mailed from a computer at the library. The Gestapo FBI tried to seize the libraries computers without a warrant.

And then an amazing thing happened.

But the library director, Kathy Glick-Weil, told the agents they could not take the machines unless they got a warrant first. Newton's mayor, David Cohen, backed Ms. Glick-Weil up.

Finally, someone gets it.

After a brief standoff, FBI officials relented and sought a warrant from a judge. Meanwhile, Ms. Glick-Weil allowed an FBI computer-forensics examiner to work with information-technology specialists at the library to narrow down which computers might have been used to send the threatening message. They determined that three computers were implicated in the alleged crime.

Late that evening, the FBI received a warrant to cart away the three computers. According to Mayor Cohen, the warrant allows the FBI to view only the threatening e-mail message and the messages sent immediately before and after that message.

This is how America should be. Security forces work in conjunction with the legal system, while protecting the rights of the citizens.

And just to got off the "ZOMG, terrists, new threat, bill of rights obsolete, blah blah blah, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit", here is one of my favourite quotes:

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. - Benjamin Franklin

Its all about the Benjamin. He foresaw and warned against this shit in 1759



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