News Call the police when somebody is viewing child pornography on a library computer by Jeffrey Miller March 18, 2008 written by Jeffrey Miller March 18, 2008 and get fired. 11 comments 0 FacebookTwitterGoogle +Pinterest Jeffrey Miller previous post Words of Light: Inspiration From the Letters of Padre Pio next post Looks like Gumby got a job You may also like Zurich court overrules Bishop September 7, 2007 On the tragedy in Haiti January 13, 2010 Blog Tour June 2, 2008 Sweet Mother of God September 5, 2003 Guard wounded in shootout during church bingo robbery... October 15, 2006 Orthodox priest beheaded October 12, 2006 Popular Catholic head resigns with plans to remarry July 22, 2009 Devil Doc Deployment February 14, 2004 Won't Ralph Neas be pleased May 28, 2005 The Lindisfarne Gospels May 15, 2003 11 comments Scott W. March 18, 2008 - 10:08 am She kind of threatened me, Biesterfeld said, describing her conversation with Judi Hill, her supervisor. She said I worked for the county, and when the county tells you to do something, you do what the county tells you. She said I had no loyalty to the county. I told her I was a mother and a citizen also, and not just a county employee. And: On March 14, the Lindsay City Council sent a letter to Tulare county supervisors complaining about Judi Hills abrupt, demanding and demeaning phone call to a police captain telling him to call off his pornography investigation because the city had no business interfering with library matters. Wow. Formal cooperation with evil AND power tripping. The guy from Campaign for Children and Families said she would get her job back, but how could anyone stand to be in the same room with such a malignant force? Seraphic Single March 18, 2008 - 10:47 am Very sad. Explain to me whose “free speech” is under threat here. How is child pornography free “speech”? Are we talking about the pornographer/child abusers free “speech” The only “speech” that was being suppressed was that of the librarian, who very rightly objected to A. illegal child pornography, B. the viewing of pornography in a public place. Frankly, such behaviour would be considered sexual harrassment in any job I’ve been in. I doubt that librarian would be allowed a firefighter calendar on her desk. Meanwhile, anyone who looks at child pornography in a PUBLIC LIBRARY is either aching to be, or is flirting with, being caught. Milehimama March 18, 2008 - 10:55 am All moral considerations aside, possessing child pornography is a crime. By viewing it at the public library, the library is in possession of criminal property (however temporary, I don’t think you can download stuff at libraries). I would think calling the cops would be a CYA move to limit the libraries liability! Allowing minors to view pornography is also a crime, and if children happened to wander by the computer, couldn’t the library be held responisible for contributing to the delinquency of a minor? Ed Pie March 18, 2008 - 12:13 pm How is child pornography free “speech”? On top of that, how is calling the police not? I wonder what other crimes are under the library’s jurisdiction and not the county’s. Oh, maybe that’s the problem: they should have called the sheriff. LCB March 18, 2008 - 7:48 pm The supervisor should be hit with some obstruction of justice or accessory to the fact crimes. Lynn March 18, 2008 - 11:32 pm Censorship seems to be the cardinal sin in the library and librarian world. Dismas March 19, 2008 - 1:15 am I used to work at a state university library. I had to set up filters to block out… email. The librarians didn’t want public terminals (except those set aside _for_ email) to be used for email. Everything else was ok. I wasn’t above sending a fake warning across the network to someone who was engaged in porn, though: “WARNING! PORN OVERLOAD! COMPUTER RESTARTING IN 10 SECONDS!” and then remotely resetting the computer. K T Cat March 19, 2008 - 2:18 pm Linked! anon March 20, 2008 - 4:53 pm Why don’t these things ever happen to people who can handle it RIGHT THEN AND THERE? End of story. Oh, it might still make the news but it would be Library Employee KOs Supervisor. joanne March 24, 2008 - 5:37 pm In some libraries (or some states? cities? towns?) the librarians are told that they have no control or authority over what is viewed on the computer. That makes no sense, since children do walk through the adult section of the library, with or without parents. From experience, I’d say about half of family library time is spent in parents looking for their offspring and vice-versa. That means children are not protected from whatever is on the computer screens. 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