August 2, 2004, 07:18 PM
CHICAGO -- The following statement has been issued by President-Elect Michael Gorman, representing President Carol Brey-Casiano, who is currently in Guatemala representing the Association:
Last week, the American Library Association learned that the Department of Justice asked the Government Printing Office Superintendent of Documents to instruct depository libraries to destroy five publications the Department has deemed not "appropriate for external use." The Department of Justice has called for these five public documents, two of which are texts of federal statutes, to be removed from depository libraries and destroyed, making their content available only to those with access to a law office or law library.
Text of Federal Statutes are 'not appropriate for external use' ???
Makes me long for the days of Tar & Feathers for public officials..
August 2, 2004, 07:32 PM
"The topics addressed in the named documents include information on how citizens can retrieve items that may have been confiscated by the government during an investigation. The documents to be removed and destroyed include: Civil and Criminal Forfeiture Procedure; Select Criminal Forfeiture Forms; Select Federal Asset Forfeiture Statutes; Asset forfeiture and money laundering resource directory; and Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 (CAFRA)."
Civil Asset Forfeiture = government sponsored theft. In other words, the gov't doesn't want the peons to find out how to get their stolen goods back.
August 2, 2004, 07:37 PM
Snag 'em while you can, before they're tossed down the Memory hole like the 1982 Senate Report on RKBA:
Read it. If that doesn't piss you off, nothing will.
August 2, 2004, 07:43 PM
This is bizarre! The documents (instruction pamphlets) in question had to do with Asset Forfeiture. A more recent story says this destruction order has been rescinded: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/07/31/order_to_destroy_pamphlets_canceled/
Order to destroy pamphlets canceled
US alters demand to its libraries
By Sean P. Murphy, Globe Staff and Jack Encarnacao, Globe Correspondent | July 31, 2004
The Government Printing Office has rescinded a week-old order that libraries nationwide destroy five US Department of Justice pamphlets.
The office announced the decision in a letter sent yesterday to about 1,300 libraries across the country.
Last week, the printing office invoked its authority to order the removal of the pamphlets, which provide instructions about prosecuting asset forfeiture cases. A Justice Department spokesman said in an interview that the material was meant for internal use and not for public distribution.
Judith C. Russell, superintendent of documents at the Government Printing Office, signed last week's and yesterday's letters. Reached at her Washington office late yesterday afternoon, she declined to comment.
Veronica Meter, director of public relations for the office, said the office received word late yesterday afternoon from the Justice Department asking that the earlier request be rescinded.
Asked whether the Justice Department made a fuller explanation for its earlier request, Meter said she could only quote from yesterday's letter that the Justice Department had made a determination, after review, that the pamphlets were ''not sufficiently sensitive to require removal."
The pamphlets had been sent to the 1,300 libraries designated by Congress to make available copies of virtually all federal government documents. The pamphlets were written by the Justice Department's Office of Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering.
Casey Stavropoulos, a Justice Department spokeswoman, did not return calls seeking comment.
The Justice Department's decision to order the pamphlets destroyed drew criticism from Patrice McDermott, deputy director of governmental affairs for the American Library Association, and Bernard A. Margolis, president of the Boston Public Library, one of the libraries ordered to destroy the pamphlets.
''I'm thrilled," he said. ''I think our concerns have been heard that when material is placed in the depository system for access by citizens that it should stay there."
Last week, the American Library Association wrote to members of the US Senate and US House Judiciary Committees, saying, ''We are gratified that [the government] has realized that information that is legally available to the public should remain so."
© Copyright 2004 Globe Newspaper Company.
Comment: We'll never know the inside story behind this SNAFU!
August 2, 2004, 11:08 PM
Commoners can still have assets?
August 3, 2004, 04:44 PM
Which specific pamphlets were going to be destroyed? Where can we obtain copies of these pamphlets? Might be handy to have a copy of them when/if the try to get rid of them again. We got lucky that the 2nd amendment congressional report was purchased by some people before it was removed from circulation or we wouldn't have that resource in the fight to restore our rights.
August 3, 2004, 05:56 PM
Justice Department's Office of ... Money Laundering.
Are they for it, or against it? :D
August 3, 2004, 06:56 PM
It depends on whose money is being laundered and who is doing the laundering.