Civil Liberties Resources and Web Sites
Prepared by Nancy Kranich
Chair of the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee

Freedom of Expression
Use it or Lose it!

Advertising Council
"Campaign for Freedom," [Web site]

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU),
"USA Patriot Act Boosts Government Powers While Cutting Back on Traditional Checks and Balances: An ACLU Legislative Analysis," Oct. 2001.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Freedom Network,
Keep America Safe and Free. [Web site]

American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom,

FBI in Your Library. [Web site]

"Resolution Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom in the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks," (Chicago, IL: American Library Association, January 23, 2002).

"Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights," (Chicago, IL: American Library Association, June 19, 2002).

Privacy, and Confidentiality. [Web site]

Terrorism Information, and Prevention System (TIPS). [Website]

USA Patriot Act. [Web site]

American Library Association (ALA)

Guidelines for Librarians on the USA Patriot Act: What to Do Before, During, and After a "Knock at the Door." (Washington, DC: American Library Association, January 19, 2002).

Libraries and the Patriot Legislation. [Web site]

American Association of Law Libraries,
Association of Research Libraries
Medical Library Association

"Library community statement on freedom of speech and access to information." (September 19, 2001). and

"Library Community Statement on Proposed Antiterrorism Measures." (October 2, 2001).

Anti-Terrorism Legislation, Homeland Security, and Related Issues. [Web site]

"Education and Library Community Matrix, The Search and Seizure of Electronic Information: The Law Before and After the USA Patriot Act ," (January 2002).

"Removal or Destruction of Federal Depository Library Documents," drafted by Tom Susman, (March 13, 2002).

Bertin, Joan
"Now They Check the Books You Read,"
Newsday, (September 16, 2002).

Center for Constitutional Rights
"The USA Patriot Act: What's So Patriotic About Trampling on the Bill of Rights?" (November 2001).

Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
"Response to September 11th, 2001 Terrorist Attacks."

Center for National Security Studies
USA Patriot Act. [Web site]

Chang, Nancy. Silencing Political Dissent: How Post 9-11 Anti-Terrorism Measures Threaten Our Civil Liberties, (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2002).

Cole, David, James X. Dempsey, and Hal Foster (ed).
Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security, 2nd edition, (New York: The New Press, 2002).

Cornell University
Office of Information Technologies
IT Policy Advisor, "USA Patriot Act."

Coyle, Karen,
"Make Sure You Are Privacy Literate,"
Library Journal, v. 127 #16 (October 1, 2002).

Doyle, Charles.
Congressional Research Service,
"Terrorism: Section by Section Analysis of the USA Patriot Act," (December 10, 2001).

Electronic Frontier Foundation

"Analysis of the Provisions of the USA Patriot Act That Relate to Online Activities," (October, 2001).

Chilling Effects of Anti-Terrorism: "National Security" Toll on Freedom of Expression. [Web site]

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), [Web site]
EPIC, The USA Patriot Act. [Web site].

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
"Fire and the Defense of Liberty in the Aftermath of September 11."


"The Glasgow Declaration on Libraries
Information Services and Intellectual Freedom,"
(The Hague, Netherlands: IFLA, August 19, 2002).

"IFLA Statement on Terrorism, the Internet, and Freedom of Access to Information," (The Hague, Netherlands: IFLA, October 4, 2001).

"The IFLA Internet Manifesto,"
(The Hague, Netherlands: IFLA, August 23, 2002).

In Defense of Freedom
"Principles and Letters to Congress,"

"Security vs. Open Records,"

Kaufman, Paula
"New Encroachments Recall Old Ones"
Library Journal, v.127, #16 (October 1, 2002).

Leahy, Patrick (Senator)
"The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA Patriot) Act of 2001, H.R. 3162
Section-by-Section Analysis," (October 2001).

Minow, Mary
"The USA Patriot Act,"
Library Journal, v. 127, #16 (October 1, 2002)

The USA Patriot Act and Patron Privacy on Library Terminals. (, February 15, 2002).

Post September 11 Resources for Universities. [Web site]

National Coalition Against Censorship
Index of Free Expression After September 11th. [Web site]

OMB Watch

Access to Government Information Post September 11th, 2002. [Web site]

Homeland Security Act Resource Page. [Web site]

Schulhofer, Stephen J.
The Enemy Within: Intelligence Gathering, Law Enforcement, and Civil Liberties in the Wake of September 11. (New York: Century Foundation Press, 2002).

Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood LLP
"The USA Patriot Act of 2001: Electronic Surveillance and Privacy," (November 2001) and Update, (February 2002).

(Monitoring the State of Civil Liberties in the European Union),
Observatory in Defence of Freedom and Democracy: New Laws and Practices Affecting Civil Liberties and Rights After September 11th. [Web site].

U.S. Department of Justice
Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS)
"Field Guide on New Authorities Enacted in the USA Patriot Act."

Nancy Kranich served as President of the American Library Association in 2000-2001, focusing on the role of libraries in democracies by undertaking advocacy, civic engagement, digital divide, and information literacy projects. Today, she is serving as the chair of ALA's Intellectual Freedom Committee and speaking around the country about the impact of the USA Patriot Act and other national security measures on the privacy of library users.