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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Lakewood Public Library Spies on Patrons?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 1:09 PM

A note from a reader who -- and we're just guessing here -- isn't all that fond of the Lakewood Library's director. The director of the Lakewood Public Libary, snooty control freak Kenneth Warren, who has come under criticism for doing a poor job lately, has done it again. He recently ordered his staff in the computer room in the Madison Avenue library branch (the main Lakewood Public library computer room was closed in June until January or later due to his bumblng) to spy on people who use any of the approximately 30 internet computers at the Madison Avenue library, by the staff seeing on their own staff computers what the public in the computer room are looking at on their computers. So now library staff in the computer room, from their staff desk computers, can see the text of any private, personal email a person there is writing, or their private information if they are paying a bill on-line on the computer, or if they are emailing a newspaper a criticism of the library director, etc... That sneaky surveillance violates our U.S. Constitutional right of privacy that the U.S. Supreme Court declared Americans have (in the Roe versus Wade abortion ruling of years ago) . Ask the ACLU. That is the same police-state mentality he displayed by having a Lakewood police officer, carrying a gun, stationed in both libraries, to shoot people. Why else do they carry guns? Any goofy kid, nut or joker or drunk might grab the cop's gun and start shooting people in the library. There should be no guns in libraries. Plus, Lakewood needs all its police oin the streets due to increased street crime that then police are overwhelmed with. Angry, smug, weird dwarf Warren's feeble excuse for this illegal secret spying (which library users are not aware of) is to enforce his arrogant, kill-joy rule against playing computer games. He should editorialize against his nutty policies and inefficiencies and wasting of taxpayers' money in his bogus, self-serving, self-promoting, power-seeking newspaper he controls, the Lakewood Observer. Jason Malone Lakewood

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