"The Hackney Bunch"!!!!!
There should be a web site called "Funny Libraries," no?
Here's another. A brass figlagee to anyone who can comment below with the name of this library:
I see a homeless man, in his sixties, watching porn on the library computers!!!
My mouth literally dropped open and I just stared because I honestly didn’t know how to react; was there really a homeless man watching porn in Library West? ....
We shouldn’t have to have firewalls and security walking around monitoring our actions.... But when it comes to watching any type of nudity or pornography, there really should be a block in the computer system. ....
Firewalls should be put up so pornography and nudity couldn’t be available on public computers, unless for research purposes.
Currently, our Internet-usage policies make no explicit statement regarding pornography. ....
Accordingly, the development of transparent guidelines governing the network usage of campus computers and resources would affirm that Gustavus seeks to provide all students with an environment for learning and living that is both supporting and nurturing. Therefore, I advocate the implementation of the following two proposals:
Clearly, these proposals are two tangible common-sense campus reforms that are non-invasive, hardly restrictive and would go far in promoting a more positive community in the student body.
- Have pornography filters installed on all campus-owned computers. Public computers in library open space can be exempt from having the software installed to ensure that filtering doesn’t hamper academic research.
- Give students the option of installing this software on their personal computers, much in the same manner that students install anti-virus software before accessing the school’s network. Because this would increase compliance with the intended use of the College’s technology resources of supporting “teaching, learning, research and campus services,” the bandwidth allocation connected to a student’s MAC address could be increased by 50 percent.
Again, we must caution, however, that the options described above are untested in the courts and in the FCC, and there is no guarantee that they necessarily would be deemed legally sufficient. Libraries considering these or other options, therefore, must consult their own legal counsel for an analysis of any specific policy.
In the wake of the CIPA decision, the priorities of the association are to:
In order to accomplish these goals, a variety of long and short-term efforts will be pursued by ALA, its committees, divisions and offices. These activities include:
Online pornography is so clear and evident at Chicago libraries that we could actually see a patron looking at porn simply by standing on a city street and looking through the window. .... [T]here are no guidelines against viewing pornography at Chicago libraries. Even convicted sex offenders can use those computers to access sexually graphic images.
The 2 Investigators obtained three years of internal incident reports from Chicago public libraries.
They reveal sex crimes ranging from flashers to inappropriate touching, and sex acts in bathrooms and men viewing child pornography online.
One-third of the offenses involve people masturbating while at computers.
Other reports include a registered sex offender caught masturbating, another sex offender and his friend trying to take a boy's picture and a man looking at porn while carrying a knife and handcuffs.
"A lot of parents let their children go to the library and do their homework and they have no idea what is going on up there," Hanson said.
Police are called in some cases, but not others.
A couple disrobing in a locked bathroom stall was arrested, but some men caught masturbating in plain sight were simply asked to leave for the day.
"Maybe some people make light of things, but what happens when a child gets abducted and gets killed?" Hanson asked.
We repeatedly tried to get an interview with Chicago Public Library officials. Instead, a spokesperson gave us a statement saying the library policy "... Is to call the Chicago Police Department when anything criminal happens."
Also, when staff members fail to properly handle incidents and don't call Chicago Police, they are retrained.
CBS 2 Investigators talked to registered sex offender Michael Connelly about viewing pornography in a Chicago library. He says what he did was legal.
The officer then stated he is a registered child sex offender. I had seen this man many times before in the library but had no clue. [Connelly] was later released and not charged with anything because [I was told that] although viewing obscene material in public is against the law, it is perfectly legal in a library -- in plain view of children and adult patrons.
The police were not allowed to retrieve the sites [Connelly] was looking at due to privacy issues with the library, so there was no way to prove that the images were of minors. ....
There are multiple reports of people fondling themselves, [of fondling] children, and even child abductions by these predators in our libraries. There are laws already in place to prevent these things from happening but are not being enforced inside of a library because of the first amendment right of "free speech."
Hayden was so vocal in her fight against this part of the Patriot Act that U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft personally telephoned her and promised to declassify reports related to FBI surveillance. Undaunted, Hayden was instrumental in leading the ALA to team with the American Booksellers Association for a signature drive and petition to Congress to revise this section of the Patriot Act. For this effort, Ms. Magazine named her one of its ten Women of the Year for 2003.
On the night of March 3, 1993, readied by these instructions and steeled by these seductive adjurations from Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors , a copy of which was subsequently found in his apartment, James Perry brutally murdered Mildred Horn, her eight-year-old quadriplegic son Trevor, and Trevor's nurse, Janice Saunders, by shooting Mildred Horn and Saunders through the eyes and by strangling Trevor Horn.
However, while even speech advocating lawlessness has long enjoyed protections under the First Amendment, it is equally well established that speech, which, in its effect, is tantamount to legitimately proscribable nonexpressive conduct, may itself be legitimately proscribed, punished, or regulated incidentally to the constitutional enforcement of generally applicable statutes.
[T]he First Amendment does not necessarily pose a bar to liability for aiding and abetting a crime, even when such aiding and abetting takes the form of the spoken or written word.
The cloak of the First Amendment envelops critical, but abstract, discussions of existing laws, but lends no protection to speech which urges the listeners to commit violations of current law. .... It was no theoretical discussion of non-compliance with laws; action was urged; the advice was heeded, and false forms were filed.
Anyone with information concerning violations of the E-Rate program or other related anticompetitive conduct is urged to call the Antitrust Division's Chicago Field Office at 312-353-7530 or visit http://www.justice.gov/atr/contact/newcase.htm.
[M]en charged with Internet child pornography offenses and those who commit hands-on child sex offenses are, in many cases, one and the same.
"There is this assumption—in the treatment context, in courtrooms, in investigative circles and in the assessment literature—that these are dichotomous groups," says [Michael] Bourke, Chief Psychologist of the U.S. Marshals Service, who conducted the research with [Andres] Hernandez between 2002 to 2005 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, N.C. "However, in the course of treatment, these men would disclose to us that their use of the Internet was not the limit of their sexual acting out—it was in fact an adjunctive behavior."