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Fang-Face writes "There is
a very brief follow up at American Libraries Online about that DOJ order to destroy five pamphlets dealing with asset forfeiture. In a nut shell: the order has been rescinded."
Fang-Face writes "Boston Globe has an article about the government ordering the destruction of Justice Department pamplets that provide how-to instructions on prosecuting asset forfeiture cases. The reason for the move is that the documents were produced for government use only. The American Library Association said they don't know why the pamphlets were ordered destroyed, and they intend to challenge the order as an infringement on a century-old guarantee of public access to unclassified documents that the government publishes."
Anonymous Patron writes "The NYTimes Reports the best-selling book in America is a bookseller's dream - it involves no author royalties, has minimal advertising or promotion costs and is in such demand that in some places there are not enough copies to go around. In short, it is a potential fountain of profits for its publisher and bookstores.W. W. Norton & Company, the publisher of the authorized edition of the report, said on Monday that an estimated 350,000 copies had been sold at retailers across the country, and that all the 600,000 copies in the book's first printing had been distributed to wholesalers and retailers. With a list price of $10, the 9/11 Commission Report probably generates revenues of about $5 a copy for Norton, according to executives at rival publishers."
The #1 spot on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists is currently taken by the 9-11 Commission
Final Report. Although you wouldn't know it to read through the GPO Bookstore page, the full report is freely available online via GPO Access. Does everyone buying the printed copies know this? And would they care? See also some cataloging notes from Grace-Ellen McCrann on LIBREF-L.
The National Coalition For History has a Special Report on the hearings. They say Weinstein's
confirmation may well be delayed until after the November elections.
GoveExec.com reports At least one senator will ask the Bush administration to disclose its reasons for asking the current archivist of the United States, former Kansas Democratic Gov. John Carlin, to resign, before approving his potential successor, Allen Weinstein.
Senate Governmental Affairs committee site has the hearings.
Daniel writes "The following "destroy order" was sent out by the Government Printing Office:--------------------July 20, 2004Dear Depository Librarian:The Department of Justice has asked the Superintendent of Documents to instruct depository libraries to destroy all copies of thematerials listed below. Please withdraw these materials immediately and destroy them by any means to prevent disclosure of their contents. The Department of Justice has determined thatthese materials are for internal use only.Documents to be removed and destroyed:Title: Civil and Criminal Forfeiture ProcedureClass: J 1.2:C 49/17Item no: 0717Shipping list: 2004-0276-MShipping list date: May 7, 2004Title: Select Criminal Forfeiture FormsClass: J 1.2:F 76/8Item no.: 0717Shipping list: 2004-0038-PShipping list date: December 12, 2003Title: Select Federal Asset Forfeiture StatutesClass: J 1.2:AS 7/2/2004Item no.: 0717Shipping list no.: 2004-0077-PShipping list date: February 5, 2004Title: Asset forfeiture and money laundering resource directoryClass: J 1.89/3:M 74/2004Item no.: 0717 A 11Shipping list no. 2004-0120-PShipping list date: March 24, 2004Title: Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 (CAFRA), PL no.106-185, 114 Stat. 202 (2000)Class: J 1.2:C 49/16Item no: 0717Shipping list no.: 2000-0367-PShipping list date: September 23, 2000Both GPO and the U.S. Department of Justice regret any inconvenienceresulting from this request and we appreciate your cooperation. ... -- Read More
VictorianMoss writes: "Wired is reporting that government and court documents are now being made available via peer-to-peer software. The Download For Democracy site is preceded by similar projects such as LOCKSS-DOCS and GPO Access.
Daniel writes "Published Congressional Hearings have become easier to find. GPO Access now allows you to browse House and Senate Hearings back to 1997 at The gpoaccess.gov Site.Keep in mind that these are not hearing TRANSCRIPTS - they consist of prepared statements by Members of Congress and hearing witnessness. Still, they contain interesting views of subjects and allow one to determine which industries support what legislation.This is particularly useful in hearings on copyright and other intellectual property issues."
VictorianMoss writes "Simson Garfinkel at MIT's Technology Review was appalled at the digitization of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's pre-war Iraq report, which was scanned in image-format. This, as you know, provides us with a document far larger and less usable than one can reasonably expect of a digital copy. As a result, Garfinkel has put together two OCR versions: one with the images, but made searchable by placing the text behind them, the other straight OCR, with some admitted and mostly typical errors. Both are smaller than the original.
See his blog for the PDFs and his comments on the matter."
Anonymous Patron writes "The New York Times reports that portions of the historical record concerning President Bush's military service were destroyed during a project to salvage deteriorating microfilm. No paper backups could be located. Cf. Nicholson Baker, Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper (2001)."