Please read "Liberals, Libraries, and Child Pornography by Jenn Q. Public," by Afrocity, Autographed Letter Signed, 3 May 2009, which references "Librarians Still Enabling Pedophiles," by Jenn Q. Public, Red Alerts, 16 March 2008.
I have already reported:
- how a patron was kicked out of a library for reporting someone viewing child pornography,
- how a library employee was fired for reporting child porn to the police (more stories here),
- how the ALA decried the reporting of a 9/11 terrorist to the police, and
- the general lack of ALA ethics,
I have already reported:
disappeared the incident." Another whitewash? The library ensured "network logs had been wiped clean, the hard drive had been destroyed," all to protect the child porn criminal. Compare that treatment to the library employee who reported the child porn: "[N]ot so subtly, he was pressured into resigning his position."
You must read this. It is very specific and detailed. It will make your blood boil.
Isn't it time we knocked members of the American Library Association off their high horses, or at least ripped those First Amendment cloaks from their shoulder?
Here are shocking quotes from Jenn Q. Public (2008) that may literally scream out for a criminal investigation of the libraries and of the ALA, emphasis mine:
- She helped officers catch Chrisler in the act of viewing kiddie porn images, resulting in his arrest. .... When she told her supervisor what she had done, Biesterfeld was admonished for lack of loyalty to the County, and even threatened. .... Two days later, Brenda Biesterfeld was fired....
- But I do want to impress upon all of you that this type of situation is more common than you think, and is symptomatic of a larger problem with the “professional ethics” drilled into future librarians by graduate programs and the American Library Association. I ought to know - I’ve been through it.
- If nothing else, my indoctrination into librarianship drove home one point: never, ever give law enforcement officials information about a patron.
- Those who obstruct law enforcement are deified as defenders of First Amendment rights, while those who adhere to legal mandates by cooperating with local or federal officials are pariahs in the library world.
- And then it happened. A technically savvy coworker came to me, pale and visibly shaken, and told me he had found horrible, unspeakable images of children on a library computer. The hard drive, he said, was completely filled with movies and stills. He also said he knew who had downloaded the pornographic content.
- Weeks later, I discovered that this extremely liberal east coast college had disappeared the incident. The network logs had been wiped clean, the hard drive had been destroyed, and my questions about whether the FBI had been notified were skillfully evaded.
- I watched my coworker, the guy who initially found the child porn, literally make himself sick as he struggled with whether or not to circumvent the academic administration by reporting the issue directly to law enforcement. Unlike me, he wasn’t sure we should trust they had been notified. I decided he was probably right when subtly, and then not so subtly, he was pressured into resigning his position.
- Today my concern is that [a subset of] librarians continue to aid and abet pedophiles in the name of free speech and that highly dubious sweeping right to privacy that I have yet to find in the Constitution or Bill of Rights. Their mission to promote intellectual freedom by ensuring patron confidentiality nearly always seems to trump their responsibility to protect our children from pedophiles.
- Librarians cite the protection of personal liberties as a reason for withholding records or failing to report crimes to law enforcement.
- Isn’t it time we knocked members of the American Library Association off their high horses, or at least ripped those First Amendment cloaks from their shoulders?
- Unfortunately, after attending library school, I can tell you unequivocally that critical thinking and good judgment are not part of the curriculum.
- And that’s what makes supporting librarian heroes like Brenda Biesterfeld and decrying public library policies that enable criminality all the more important.