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February 06, 2006

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It's also "Cravatts."

His reference to the library director as a "human shield" is vile and fascistic.

I could not agree more with the other comments. Kravatts is totally out of line and insulting to librarians. No one is above the law ...

Susan, it's "Mac Donald."

I think you will agree with me that Kravatts has no idea what he is talking about. His citation of Mac Donald is ripped out of context and is not even relevant to the events he is discussing, since the Patriot Act -- which was the subject of Mac Donald's essay -- was never involved.

Mac Donald's point is not Kravatts' by a long shot, and in lumping the two together as you've essentially done, you are only presenting his ignorance as factual.

Morgan, I agree. The point I stress to librarians when I do training is that it's NOT the law enforcement officers who decide when confidential records should be turned over. It's NOT the librarians who decide. It's the court...an impartial judge.

We want law enforcement to be zealous - when there's a victim, we want them to do everything they can to help. That's exactly why we need judges, to balance the competing interests of, say, privacy of innocent library patrons. When the balance tips in favor of disclosure, the judge will sign a search warrant. When the balance tips in favor of patron confidentiality, the judge will not.

Actually, leaves us OUT of the decisions.

I am glad that you are addressing his legal arguments. I can't get past the fact that he wrote "More to the point, why are librarians, whose professional training concentrates on mastering the use of the Dewey Decimal System, making any decisions that affect law enforcement?". Not only is he woefully ignorant about what librarians actually do, his arguments are based on flawed legal reasoning.

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