Friday, June 25, 2004

Another Chink Chipped From Our Bill of Rights & Freedom of Speech

Right the next day after posting what Ronnie Eades from Kentucky said about Alexander Hamilton setting the precedent for our right to read the truth, I was blocked from reading a news article headlined at Drudge.

I went, oh, well and logged off. I talked to the floor librarian as to why I was blocked. She gave the usual reason of protecting the children from kiddie porn, but if I wanted to search the web she could give me access. Sure, here is my library card.

Librarian: I need a photo id.

Me: Here's my Tennessee Driver's License

L: This must be an old picture.

Me: Huh?

L: Is this you? Is this address correct?

Me: Sure, why do you need to know?

L: Your eyebrows aren't as dark as they used to be.

Me: Just give me the access.

L: Which machine were you logged on?

Me: What? I want access every time I want to read the truth.

L: I can only give that to you one machine at a time and you have to be logged on.

Me: Do what?

L: What were you trying to read?

Me: An Associated Press report.

L: What was in it?

Me: How should I know? You ever hear of the first admendment and the bill of rights?

L: I'm just doing my job. Don't blame me. Congress passed the law.

Me: WHAT!

L: Our association of libraries tried to keep the law from being passed.

ME: What about our constitution?

L: If you would let me explain, I can remove the filter when you show your ID and library card. The ID has to have your picture.

ME: I don't want to talk about it.

Our swell Nashville Public library has installed a web filter. Their policy is explained here and doesn't reflect my personal experience detailed above. The librarians can not tell what the filter blocks. If you are willing to show identity and proof of age, even seniors have to show ID and proof of age, they will unblock the filter, but only for your current logon session and only for the machine you registered on.

The librarian offered this explanation for the web filter: "They are complying with Congress's Kiddie Porn law."

And they say, "It can't happen here."

Suzie, Suzie Creamcheese? Where are you, cuz it now happens here.

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