Nice to know that an institution of higher learning has taken the time to carefully consider the issue and encourages all sides of the story.
The Dean of Library Services at University of the Incarnate Word canceled the library’s subscription to the New York Times Wednesday to protest recent stories exposing a secret government program that monitors international financial transactions in the hunt for terrorists.
What about the LA Times or the other newspapers that broke the story at the same time? And I guess the library doesn’t get the Boston Globe.
But a search of public records — government documents posted on the Internet, congressional testimony, guidelines for bank examiners, and even an executive order President Bush signed in September 2001 — describe how US authorities have openly sought new tools to track terrorist financing since 2001. That includes getting access to information about terrorist-linked wire transfers and other transactions, including those that travel through SWIFT.“There have been public references to SWIFT before,” said Roger Cressey, a senior White House counterterrorism official until 2003. “The White House is overreaching when they say [The New York Times committed] a crime against the war on terror. It has been in the public domain before.”
So where is censorship mentioned in the mission statement?
The faculty and students support one another in the search for and the communication of truth . The university is open to thoughtful innovation that serves ever more effectively the spiritual and material needs of people.
So much for the search for truth. I guess this is an example of “thoughtful innovation.” Or maybe this is under the “faith” part–didn’t know it was blind.