FBI Agents Back Down When Librarian Refuses to Let Them Seize 30 Computers Without a Warrant

Posted on February 6, 2006 

FBI Agents Back Down When Librarian Refuses to Let Them Seize 30 Computers Without a Warrant

An e-mail threat that prompted the evacuation of more than a dozen Brandeis University buildings on January 18 led to an unusual standoff in a public library in Newton, Mass., a few miles from the Brandeis campus.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents tried to seize 30 of the library’s computers without a warrant, saying someone had used the library’s Internet connection to send the threat to Brandeis. But the library director, Kathy Glick-Weil, told the agents they could not take the machines unless they got a warrant first. Newton’s mayor, David Cohen, backed Ms. Glick-Weil up.

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