The radio show On the Media featured a great segment this week about how librarians reacted to the USA PATRIOT Act and how they fought (sometimes actually against the government) to protect Americans’ freedom to read and access information (especially in libraries) without the federal government monitoring their activities. They remind listeners how librarians stepped up at other times, too. The American Library Association’s Freedom to Read document comes up, especially the last lines:
We believe rather that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.
While this segment was timed to air while the renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act is on our minds, it is also quite relevant to think about freedom and America’s defense of it on the 71st anniversary of D-Day.