ALA

Resolution on the Terrorism Information Awareness Program

WHEREAS, The American Library Association's Policy on Governmental Intimidation opposes any use of governmental prerogatives that leads to the intimidation of the individual or the citizenry from the exercise of free expression; and

WHEREAS, The ALA interpretation on privacy describes the impact of freedom of inquiry on privacy or when privacy is compromised; and

WHEREAS, In matters of national security and the preservation of our nation, the concept of Terrorism Information Awareness, (formerly called Total Information Awareness) as defined by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA), may be used in making key national security decisions; and

WHEREAS, It is the responsibility of the federal government to protect its citizens from government sanctioned invasion of privacy; and

WHEREAS, Personally identifiable information compiled in a database by a government agency should be governed by the Privacy Act; and

WHEREAS, The Terrorism Information Awareness Program (TIAP) has the potential to build a large database of personally identifiable information; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the American Library Association urges the Congress of the United States to take action to terminate the Terrorism Information Awareness Program; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the American Library Association urges the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA) to comply with all provisions of the Privacy Act; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, the Vice-President of the United States, the appropriate committees of the United States Congress, the Secretary of Defense, and other entities as appropriate.

Adopted by the
Council of the American Library Association
Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Toronto, Canada


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