Friday, February 17, 2006

The Washington Post is reporting a February 9 incident where two uniformed members of the Montgomery County Homeland Security Department walked into the Little Falls Library in Bethesda, Maryland, demanded the attention of patrons, then announced that the viewing of porn on library computers is forbidden.

One of the men, apparently displeased with what a patron was viewing, told the man to step outside. A librarian intervened, police were called, and ultimately the HHS men left the library by themselves.

Later that afternoon, Montgomery County's chief administrative officer, Bruce Romer, issued a statement calling the incident "unfortunate" and "regrettable" -- two words that bureaucrats often deploy when things have gone awry. He said the officers had been reassigned to other duties.

via The Obscure Store


Anonymous Anonymous said...

An obvious question is, how did Homeland Security know what someone was looking at in a public library?

3:41 AM  
Blogger Doran said...

The men went on a fishing expedition where they went into the library and observed what patrons were viewing. That is, they basically looked over the shoulders of the library patrons and decided if they approved of the Internet sites being viewed.

8:06 AM  

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