Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Unambomber's Papers

Theodore Kaczynski, the "Unabomber," is currently in jail for killing 3 people with his homemade bombs. A Reuters article says his papers will be sold to the highest bidders and the funds will be placed in a fund for the families of his victims.

Kaczynski doesn't like the idea. He wants his papers enshrined in a library where eager scholars can pore over his incendiary words. Private buyers might hide his ideas from the public, he said.

Restitution for the victims' families is a far more worthy enterprise than ensuring Kaczynski's pensées are never obscured. People trump paper. And it is in the best interests of the buyers to eventually make all his scribblings public by selling them or providing access to anyone who cares to see them. The economic factor reigns supreme in this case, not any concern for the radical's ideas which led him to numerous acts of murder and terrorism.

Bush Library Future Terror Target?

The George W. Bush Presidential Library is expected to be built in University Park, Texas, near Dallas. Will al Qaeda attempt to demolish it in a symbolic attack on Bush and his actions as president? That's the subject of an article in today's Dallas Morning News.

The very first paragraph is designed to scare local readers:
Terrorists will destroy the Bush library and take out most of the Park Cities at the same time. The question isn't if but when, says Sam Boyd, a Park Cities lawyer.
This lawyer doesn't seem to know anything about terrorists, despite his apparent background as a Green Beret! A much more likely scenario is given much further down in the story by a counterterrorism expert:

While anything can be a target, Andrew Teekell said terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda probably wouldn't waste their time attacking a presidential library, even with Bush's name on it.

"Certainly there would be some symbolic value there," said Mr. Teekell, a counterterrorism and security analyst at Stratfor, a private security-consulting firm in Austin. "But you probably wouldn't generate a lot of casualties."

And that's the key for those oh-so-religious followers of bin Laden: if a lot of innocent people aren't killed in the process, it just isn't worth doing.

Any terror attacks would be on a small scale and would likely come from local Muslims by way of anti-Bush graffiti, rocks thrown at windows, small bombs in trash cans, and so on.

Libraries really aren't worth al Qaeda's time. They would consider it a public embarrassment that they couldn't do anything worse than attack a library. Quite a comedown from 9/11. A terror target? Yes, but not for the big boys, but just the impressionable local Allah akhbar kids incited by their favorite imams.

The bigger question is whether this country should be built according to what we want or what al Qaeda and anti-western civilization groups want. To say a library shouldn't be built because of possible terrorist attacks means we should check with our enemies before creating anything. Our nation eventually will reflect them, not us, and our culture will follow.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Librarian Obstructs Cops During Emergency

There is no question this unfortunate incident resulted from the American Library Association's policy of encouraging librarians to obstruct law enforcement.

A woman had fallen into a river in Lancaster, Ohio and needed help. A man held her above water until police arrived. She was taken to a medical center but had no identification with her except her library card.

The police called the library and reached the circulation supervisor, someone named Laura Gibson. Gibson refused to tell the cops who the lady was, even though they explained it was an emergency and she was required by law to help!

The woman was eventually identified when someone at the medical center recognized her, no thanks to Gibson.

According to the story:

Orman Hall, president of the library’s board of trustees, said it was unfortunate that the librarian did not cooperate and suggested that she mistakenly erred on the side of conservatism in preserving the confidentiality of a library patron.

He was confident that library Director Marilyn Steiner would educate the employees on how to work with police.

"We need to do some work," Hall said. "I am confident that Marilyn and her staff will clarify the issues around confidentiality to make sure this doesn’t happen again."

ALA's policy of obstructing law enforcement, which no doubt explains Gibson's outrageous behavior, is damaging our communities and the people who live in them. No doubt this kind of obstruction will results in a few deaths before long.

You would think a librarian would have the sense to cooperate when someone is in physical danger, but this is more proof that, sadly, you don't have to be smart to be a librarian, and this popular stereotype is only a myth. I strongly encourage the police to press charges against Gibson, as the story suggested they might. That's the only way this insanity will end.

I blame ALA for its policy of brainwashing librarians, many of whom are easily and willingly manipulated to enforce ALA's politics. ALA's "Confidentiality and Coping with Law Enforcement Inquiries" needs to be withdrawn and a new document created hand-in-hand with law enforcement. We don't need our national organization putting people's lives and well-being in jeopardy to further their extremist political agenda.

I can only hope the level-headed librarians out there will pressure ALA (and individual librarians!) to show a little much-needed intelligence.