Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 12 Comments
Why my “professional association” is a sick joke:
It must be what’s known in the military as “mission creep.” Why else would an organization of professional librarians come out in support of the soldier alleged to be responsible for the largest security breach in U.S. military history?
When it meets for its annual conference in New Orleans June 23, the American Library Association will vote on a resolution calling on the Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff to “release Pfc. Bradley Manning from pre-trial confinement and drop the charges against him.” (Documents are available here.)
Manning is the soldier accused of leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, the anti-American website dedicated to exposing government and military wrongdoing. (ALA will also consider a resolution in support of WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, who is accused of rape in Sweden.) Manning’s alleged actions may have jeopardized U.S. troops and Iraqis and Afghans who cooperate with them, as well as possibly revealing numerous confidential U.S. documents impacting national security.
Since his arrest in June 2010, Manning’s imprisonment at the Marine base at Quantico, Va., has become a rallying cause for the far left, who regard him as a heroic whistle-blower and charge the military with torturing him.
Basically, ALA is as hard-left an organization as there is in the country.
Back in 2001, when a Florida librarian realized she had seen one of the 9/11 terrorists in her library just days before the attacks, Judith Krug of the ALA’s office of intellectual freedom told the New York Times “she wished the librarian had followed library patron confidentiality laws and not reported the incident.
ALA is a leftist front group and that’s all it’s been for a very long time. Fortunately, more and more of us in the profession are realizing it and withdrawing the financial support that we or our libraries used to give to that ridiculous organization.