Refuge of a Scoundrel: The Patriot Act in Libraries

Refuge of a Scoundrel: The Patriot Act in Libraries

by Herbert N. Foerstel


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Refuge of a Scoundrel: The Patriot Act in Libraries by Herbert N. Foerstel

The USA Patriot Act may be the most complex and controversial federal statute in American history, argued to undercut American civil liberties in countless ways, including a dramatic extension of domestic surveillance. Providing a broad picture of how the new surveillance powers affect all Americans—citizens and non-citizens alike—the lessons of this book will be relevant to any businesses that maintain personnel records and electronic data that were considered confidential before the Patriot Act, as well as a broad range of individuals, including librarians, bookstore owners, students, scholars, journalists, businessmen, and anyone concerned with American civil liberties.

Informative appendices include the historic University of Illinois survey of public library surveillance since September 11, 2001, and copies of some of the standard court orders that may be served to libraries and bookstores.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591581390
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
Publication date: 01/30/2004
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

HERBERT N. FOERSTEL is former Head of Branch Libraries, University of Maryland, College Park, and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Freedom to Read Foundation and the National Security Archive. He has authored nine books on First Amendment topics and numerous articles and reviews, the most recent of which was the review of the four-volume set, Censorship: A World Encyclopedia for the Journal of Information Ethnics. Among his previous publications: Freedom of Information and the Right to Know: The Origins and Applications of the Freedom of Information Act (1999), From Watergate to Monicagate: Ten Controversies in Modern Journalism and Media (2001), and Banned in the Media: A Reference Guide to Book Censorship in Schools and Public Libraries, revised and expanded edition (2002).

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