Saturday, March 29, 2008

Privacy gone bad - Librarian fired for reporting child porn

Here is what happens when you take "privacy" too far:

Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel


Brenda Biesterfeld needs your help.

Brenda did something I hope all of us would have the courage to do...

She blew the whistle on a man at her local library who was viewing child porn on the public library computers. The police caught him in the act and arrested him. The authorities then searched his home and found more child pornography.

Two days after she reported the man, Brenda was fired! In fact, within hours of when she reported the man to the police, she was reprimanded by her boss for invading his "privacy." And then, without warning, she was fired.
I am asking you to sign a Petition calling for Brenda’s immediate reinstatement -- along with a formal apology from Lindsay, California library officials. Go here:

Liberty Counsel has taken up Brenda's case and we have already sent a Demand Letter to Lindsay library officials. But now I need your help to show those officials and the national media that we will not tolerate this outrageous firing -- and we will not sit by quietly when local officials take the side of child pornographers!

Please sign the petition today. I have posted more information on the petition site. The more you learn about this case, the more outraged you will be.

Thank you for your immediate action.
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

P.S. It took great courage for Brenda to take such a strong stand against child porn in her library. We need more citizens like Brenda! That’s why we cannot allow this library to get away with punishing her. Thank you for standing with Brenda:

It appears that the keys words here are "public library". Notice that "public library" starts with "public"? Since when is what you do in a public place an issue of privacy? It must be that viewing child porn is only legal in a public library, as we all know, it's illegal everywhere else.

Roger Hedgecock ( had this to say:
"Let's be clear. Child porn is not protected free speech, not protected by either the federal Constitution or the California Constitution and violates California criminal law. When librarians witness this crime, they are right to call the police."

I'm with Roger on this one! Have you signed the petition yet? How about we get rid of the ACLU?