Tuesday, September 26, 2006

OCLC Compromised by the Patriot Act?

At the beginning of this year, I stated my intention to request banned books from the inter-library loan system in an attempt to determine whether OCLC was being compromised by the federal government. In short, is Big Brother really watching what we read? I sincerely hoped that the answer was "no". Unfortunately, I cannot report that.

I ordered Sayed Qutb's Milestones and the US Army's Improvised Munitions Handbook from the Ashburn, Virginia Public Library. The result was that I received Milestones after a long wait (about two months - which is much longer than normal) and never did receive the Improvised Munitions Handbook after waiting over eight months. Since it and other related books are listed in the inter-library loan system, I can only conclude that OCLC has been stopped by their own supervisors or the FBI from providing the book.

My last post on this issue was Taking a Stand on Banned Books, Part 5.


  1. Or maybe... they are keeping an eye on you to try and obtain more information on your terrorist cell. It may be time to deploy your mind-reader sheild (tin-foil hat).

    ;) Rob

  2. Yes, I do suspect I am now on a list somewhere as a trouble maker.

    The tin foil hat is something I will leave to Richard Stallman ;)