American Hero: The Librarian
This lady is an American hero, doing her part to protect the rights of American citizens that a corrupt part of our government tried taking.
Remember the U.S constitution over rides the Patriot Act, the Patriot Act does not override the U.S constitution
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USA - Unconstitutional - 66 min 00 sec [22 October 2004]
"Unconstitutional" is the fourth feature length documentary by award-winning journalist/filmmaker Nonny de la Pena.
01:43:41 B-ROLL: PAN ACROSS LIBRARY
[FADE UP MUSIC]
The ACLU is not the only organization that has been silenced by the Patriot Act.
01:43:46 B-ROLL: DIFF SHOT OF LIBRARY
[BEGIN ANNE TURNER VOICE OVER]
If librarians have been approached by the FBI they, of course, can't tell you that because one of the rules
[01:43:51 ANNE TURNER 100% LOWER THIRD: Librarian Santa Cruz Public Library]
in the Patriot Act is 'you can't tell'. Which is terrifying really.
01:43:55 B-ROLL FOOTAGE: INT BOOKSTORE PAN AROUND BOOKS
[VOICE OVER: RYAN COONERTY]
What is allows the Government to do is to come in and subpoena your
[01:43:59 B-ROLL: INT. BOOKSTORE WOMAN AT COUNTER]
customer records to find out what books
[01:44:02 CU ON CLIPBOARD WITH PETITION ON PATRIOT ACT]
have been checked out and what books have been checked out or what books have been bought.
[01:44:05 RYAN COONERTY 100% LOWER THIRD: RYAN COONERTY Bookstore Owner]
That doesn't allow the bookstore to contact a lawyer to fight it, it's all done through foreign intelligence surveillance court, um. It doesn't, doesn't give us a chance to stand up for our customers.
01:44:16 ANNE TURNER 100%
At least when you get a subpoena from a local court because there's reasonable cause to suspect that someone has broken the law and their library records would contribute to the investigation. That's what the law used to be. At least you could tell anybody that you responded to the subpoena.
02:00:15 B-ROLL: EXT. SANTA CRUZ PUBLIC LIBRARY
ANNE TURNER VOICE OVER:
[02:00:18 B-ROLL: LIBRARY COUNTER: PERSON CHECKING OUT BOOKS]
accused librarians of being
[02:00:21 ANNE TURNER 100% LOWER THIRD: ANNE TURNER Librarian Santa Cruz Public Library]
"hysteric" about the Patriot Act. And, um, when you understand
[02:00:26 B-ROLL: LIBRARY: CU SIGN "INTERNET SIGN UP" TILT DOWN TO PEOPLE READING AT TABLE. FOLLOW LIBRARIAN AS SHE WALKS THRU LIBRARY]
all the libraries in the country that had been visited by FBI agents wanting information, I don't think that their response was
[02:00:35 B-ROLL PU LIBRARIAN AS SHE ENTERS BACKROOM AND WALKS TO SHREDDER AND SHREDS PAPER. SHE SMILES TO CAMERA]
hysteric at all. The FBI or somebody can't subpoena want we don't have. Lots of libraries across the country are shredding their records just as we are.
[02:00:49 B-ROLL: LIBRARY CU WARNING SIGN RE: PRIVACY WITH PERSON CHECKING OUT BOOKS IN B.G.]
The second thing we did was to post warning signs,
[02:00:53 B-ROLL: CU AND TILT DOWN WARNING SIGN]
alerting our patrons to the fact that we were no longer going to be able to protect their constitutional right to privacy.
[02:01:00 ANNE TURNER 100%]
Most people really believe that public libraries um, are sacred institutions where what they go in and read is nobody's business but their own.
02:01:08 B-ROLL: SLO MO FOOTAGE OF LIBRARIAN CHECKING OUT BOOK FOR CUSTOMER
VOICE OVER – MALE LIBRARIAN:
"If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny then we need more new ideas from more wise men, reading more good books in more
[02:01:20 B-ROLL: PAN FROM LIBRARY TO REVEAL SIGN "OPEN TO ALL"]
public libraries. These libraries should be open to all, except the censor. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is a guardian of our security as well as our liberty."
[02:01:32 DISS TO: MALE LIBRARIAN 100% IN LIBRARY]
John F. Kennedy.