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Information Today

Vol. 21 No. 7 — July/August 2004


A Librarian's View

It is wonderful to read such a thoughtful, balanced, and accurate article on the USA PATRIOT Act by a member of our profession. [George H. Pike's "A SAFER USA PATRIOT Act?" June 2004]

We need more of this type of article in our literature, but unfortunately this is not the case.

I have read other very laudable articles in Information Today and will continue to read this news[paper]. It is my hope that [it] will continue to be a voice that not only should be heard but one that needs to be heard and that our profession is uniquely qualified to give.

Again, thank you for a wonderful article.

—Helen DeBalzo Green
Lorain County Community College
Elyria, Ohio

George H. Pike replies:

I would like to thank Ms. DeBalzo Green for her kind words. Diverse events such as the 9/11 Commission's hearings and reports, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary, and the continuing violence in Iraq outline both the issues and the passion that infuse the debate over the PATRIOT Act. National security concerns and civil liberties have often clashed in the past as they are clashing now, such as during the Civil War and the Cold War. We are, in a sense, fortunate that we will have the opportunity to express our opinions on this and other subjects this November.


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