I found this billboard update quite amusing, courtesy of The BLF.
The US wiretapping situation reminds me of an issue that faces libraries and their patrons. For years the FBI and other officials have wanted access to library records- in hopes of finding out who is checking-out material on terrorism, certain Government documents, bomb-making, nuclear weapons, anti-American sentiments, and any range of items that an official views as threatening. US Government attempts to spy on library patrons and censure library information has been occurring since the Cold War. A New York Times article from 1987 states:
F.B.I. agents have asked librarians in New York City to watch for and report on library users who might be diplomats of hostile powers recruiting intelligence agents or gathering information potentially harmful to United States security.
All librarians are responsible for serving the public, ensuring privacy, reserving judgment, and providing access to information. As the American Library Association states in their Code of Ethics:
We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.
Not much has changed over the years, as the Government will always want access to private information. However it is up to libraries to remain the same and protect citizen rights.