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posted by martyb on Wednesday September 16 2015, @08:10PM   Printer-friendly
from the information-wants-to-be-freely-accessible dept.

The first library-hosted Tor node in the U.S. is to be reactivated, after a public meeting on Tuesday at the Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, in which area residents expressed support for the Board of Trustees and the Tor system. The Library had also conducted surveys which indicated strong support from both residents and non-residents alike.

The node had been set up as part of the Library Freedom Project's pilot program, following a unanimous decision by the Board in June; however, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had apparently contacted City officials and law enforcement, informing them that (FTA) "Tor sometimes is used by criminals to distribute child pornography or illegal drugs, among other abuses." After discussion with the Town, the Board had suspended the relay, pending discussion at Tuesday's public meeting.

City officials insisted that they had not intended to force the Board into a particular decision, but rather intended to educate the public about their concerns.

The Board Chair, Francis Oscadal, was quoted as saying, "I could vote in favor of the good ... or I could vote against the bad. I'd rather vote for the good because there is value to this."

See also: Concord Monitor .


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by M. Baranczak on Wednesday September 16 2015, @08:55PM

    by M. Baranczak (1673) on Wednesday September 16 2015, @08:55PM (#237118)

    A non-comprehensive list of things that people have used to transport illegal recreational drugs - and I'm limiting myself just to people that I've met personally:

    - a Bible
    - a prosthetic leg
    - a toy monkey
    - a vagina

    By the logic that DHS is applying here, they should all be banned, too.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Gaaark on Wednesday September 16 2015, @10:09PM

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday September 16 2015, @10:09PM (#237148) Journal

    VAGINAS should never, ever be banned.

    Well maybe during certain times, but that is it. PERIOD!

    And i am unanimous in that!

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  • (Score: 2) by Gravis on Wednesday September 16 2015, @10:09PM

    by Gravis (4596) on Wednesday September 16 2015, @10:09PM (#237149)

    they probably would if they could. -_-

  • (Score: 2) by The Archon V2.0 on Wednesday September 16 2015, @10:25PM

    by The Archon V2.0 (3887) on Wednesday September 16 2015, @10:25PM (#237157)

    Well, some of the people who wouldn't ever ban item 1 seem pretty desperate to ban most uses of item 4.

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 16 2015, @11:07PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 16 2015, @11:07PM (#237173)

      Recreational use of #4 is banned but medicinal (reproductive) is fine.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Thursday September 17 2015, @12:57AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday September 17 2015, @12:57AM (#237207) Homepage Journal

    In the last article, someone pointed out that criminals are known to use air. All the air on earth should be bottled and shipped to Mars to prevent criminals using air!

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