Free Expression

14 Apr

CRP Sponsors Welcome Willingness to Address Problems With Patriot Act's Section 215

In a statement released on April 12, 2005, the co-sponsors of the Campaign for Reader Privacy (CRP) -- the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, and PEN American Center -- said that they welcomed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' stated willingness to address problems with Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which authorizes FBI searches of business records, including the recor

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13 Apr

ABFFE Seeks Silent Auction Donations

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), the bookseller's voice in the fight against censorship, is urging publishers, booksellers, and others in the book industry to support the fight for free expression by contributing to the ABFFE Silent Auction, which will be held during BookExpo America in New York in June.

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12 Apr

Harry Potter T-Shirt Sale Enters Final Weeks

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) is quickly running out of its limited edition Harry Potter T-shirts and buttons. Since launching a clearance sale in late March, ABFFE has sold nearly 500 shirts and more than 3,000 buttons.

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07 Apr

At House Hearing, Gonzales Says Section 215 Needs Clarification

On Wednesday, April 6, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appeared before the House Judiciary Committee (HJC) at an oversight hearing on the USA Patriot Act to answer questions from House Representatives about the 16 provisions of the Act set to sunset at the end of the year. Gonzales, testifying a day after appearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, reiterated his stance that the Department would consider amending Section 215 to clarify the law.

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06 Apr

Attorney General Defends Section 215 Before Senate Judiciary Committee

On Tuesday, April 5, in a statement before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary (SCJ), Attorney General Alberto Gonzales urged the oversight committee to renew Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act; however, under questioning, he acknowledged that some modifications to the provision would be acceptable to the Department of Justice. Gonzales testified alongside FBI Director Robert S. Mueller during the SCJ's "Oversight of the USA Patriot Act" full committee hearing.

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05 Apr

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Marcus to Leave Scholastic After Potter Publication

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05 Apr

A Register-Guard Editorial: Revise Patriot Act -- Anti-terrorism powers should be scaled back

As Senate and House Judiciary committee hearings on the USA Patriot Act began this week, many newspapers around the country voiced support for the sunsetting of provisions threatening Americans' First Amendment rights, including Section 215, which relates to the privacy of bookstore and library records. The following editorial appeared in Eugene, Oregon's Register-Guard on Monday, March 28.

Revise Patriot Act -- Anti-terrorism powers should be scaled back

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01 Apr

Letter from Oren Teicher on Campaign for Reader Privacy

Dear Bookseller:

We have entered the final phase of the fight to restore the privacy protections of bookstore and library records that were eliminated by the USA PATRIOT Act. Last year, more than 500 ABA member stores collected over 200,000 signatures on petitions demanding that Congress amend Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.

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31 Mar

Senate and House Plan Patriot Act Hearings for Next Week

With a number of the provisions of the USA Patriot Act set to expire at the end of the year, both the Senate and House Judiciary committees are expected to begin hearings on the USA Patriot Act next week. The House Judiciary Committee hearings are scheduled to start on Wednesday, April 6, and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearings are expected to commence on Tuesday, April 5.

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31 Mar

Final Phase of Campaign for Reader Privacy Begins

The final phase of the Campaign for Reader Privacy (CRP) -- a nationwide grassroots petition drive calling for an amendment to Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act to ensure the privacy of bookstore and library records -- has begun. The centerpiece of CRP, which is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, and PEN American Center, is a petition drive that is being conducted in bookstores and libraries and on the Web at www.readerprivacy.org.

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29 Mar

Seattle Times Urges 'Try again, protect libraries, bookstores'

In this March 14, 2005, editorial, the Seattle Times urges Congress to vote in favor of Congressman Bernie Sanders' Freedom to Read Protection Act to protect the privacy of bookstore and library patrons.

Try again, protect libraries, bookstores

A Vermont congressman's desire to protect the records of library patrons and book buyers is worth another try.

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24 Mar

Conservative Groups and ACLU Demand Patriot Act Amendments

On March 23, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced that it had joined forces with several conservative organizations "to fix the most extreme provisions of the Patriot Act," many of which are scheduled to expire at the end of 2005.

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24 Mar

Harry Potter Clearance Sale

On March 23, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) announced a clearance sale on its limited edition Harry Potter T-shirts and buttons. 

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22 Mar

Let Some Provisions in USA Patriot Act Expire

The following is an editorial that appeared in Macon, Georgia's Macon Telegraph on Monday, March 21.

A legislative and grassroots effort is underway to amend a portion of the Patriot Act that allows unchecked government access to citizens' private records, just as the Bush administration is calling for reauthorization of the entire act.

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17 Mar

107 in Congress Join Sanders in Co-Sponsoring the Freedom to Read Protection Act

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