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For Searcher Magazine, Miriam Drake writes...
\"Since 1813, people seeking federal government information have relied on depository libraries. The notion of readily available government information for people has a long tradition that has delivered value to the people through the partnership of 1,300 depository libraries and the FDLP. Depository libraries spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to process, house, maintain, and disseminate online government information and documents in print and microform.
For more than 20 years, various administrations have challenged the GPO \"monopoly\" on printing under the guise of saving money. The money-saving arguments have rarely addressed fully, or at all, issues related to the costs of printing and methods of distribution and dissemination of information to the taxpayers who have paid to have the information created and published. The proponents of decentralized printing have neglected to acknowledge that agencies will incur extra costs administering a printing program carried out in-house or through contracts with private printers. Distribution through the FDLP and the sales program and critical issues of preservation and access usually are ignored when the cost-cutting arguments are being made.\" Read More.
Gary D. Price, MLIS, from ye olde ResourceShelf passed along This Story from The LA Times on how The Office of Management and Budget is encouraging federal agencies to bypass the Government Printing Office and let private companies bid for their jobs.
This spells trouble for the depository program. They add, of course, this is not the first time the Bush administration has veered away from openness and toward secrecy, and not always for national security reasons.
Luis Acosta writes \"The Washington post has this story about how the Bush Administration\'s Office of Management and Budget Director Mitchell Daniels wants to \"decentralize\" U.S. government printing by having agencies separately contract for printing, allegedly for \"efficiency\" purposes. This could destroy the Federal Depository Library Program administered by GPO and increase the proliferation of fugitive documents. ALA and other organizations are fighting this, but the Federal Executive Branch is a tough opponent. \"
Someone sent in This Annotated Bibliography of Government Documents Related to the Threat of Terrorism & the Attacks of September 11, 2001 from the Oklahoma
Dept. of Libraries.
\"This bibliography is intended to serve as a means of access to information produced by the United States Government concerning the events of September 11. Unlike so many of the nations of the world, the United States considers fundamental the right of its citizens to know what their government is doing, the logic behind its actions, and the ramifications of its policies. To this end, our government produces copious quantities of informational materials that are freely accessible to the public through libraries and the Federal Depository Library system. This bibliography presents a sampling of the materials available through the Depository system, via the Internet, or both.\"
A September 1999 report, \"The
Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why?\"
written for the National Intelligence Council (CIA.gov/nic)
by Library of Congress\' Federal Research Division (FRD)
analyst Rex A. Hudson, predicted that \"suicide bomber(s) belonging to al-Qaida\'s
Martyrdom Battalion could crash-land an aircraft packed with high explosives
(C-4 and semtex) into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA), or the White House,\" and pointed out that \"Ramzi Yousef had
planned to do this against the CIA headquarters.\"
While only two sentences in a 100+ page graylit report trying to second
guess terrorist\'s methods, it sharply contradicted National Security Adviser
Condoleezza Rice\'s statement Thursday that, \"I don\'t think anybody could
have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into
the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon,
that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane
as a missile.\"
(updated: 20020521- link fixed, kudos Lou Perryman)
The report\'s link has changed at least twice, try both if one doesn\'t
Some of public
servant Giuliani\'s mayoral papers are being declared \'private.\' NY
on Open Government director, Robert Freeman, believes this isn\'t
in accordance with NY\'s Freedom Of Information Law. \"No document
or record that had been or is now maintained by any agency of City government
may in my opinion be characterized as \'private\' or \'belonging to\' the former
mayor or any other person,\" director Freeman explains in an advisory opinion
written in response to an AP request. \"Giuliani
Records Deal Questioned.\" -By Diego Ibarguen -AP via -FindLaw 2002/02/28
policies, however may foil NY\'s FOIL.
LISNews keywords: FOIA
record -|- saklad
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\"It\'s really hard,\" the head librarian of the Government Documents Library at the University of Illinois said recently. \"We\'re librarians. We don\'t want to prevent access to information. We feel very strongly about that. That\'s why we\'re in the business.\"
ALA Councilor at large Mark Rosenzweig writes:
Now that with the hue-and-cry about the State Deparment\'s attempt to recall the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) volume on Indonesia actually seems to have reversed the decision and the volume . . . there appears to be a new volume which has been revealed as being supressed by the government. This latest one is about the history of illegal, covert US involvement in the Greek coup which led to [a] brutal military dictatorship . . .
More info on the U.S. effort to suppress information about its activities in Greece appears in today\'s Washington Post. Additional information about the effort to recall accidently released proof of U.S. ties to Indonesian death squads can be found here.
ALA Councilor at large Mark Rosenzweig has called for libraries to refuse to cooperate with the U.S. Government\'s attempts to recall an accidently released report that reveals its long-denied connections to Indonesian death squads:
My question is: will libraries which have received or ordered this book allow themselves to be complicit in the UNTELLING of the story of the US responsibility for the Indonesian massacre and military dictatorship,because the State Department has decided the release of the book was
\"ill-timed\"(something to do with the fact that the new President of Indonesia is the daughter of the US deposed George Wahington of Indonesia, Sukarno)?
Would it be possible for the Excecutive Board, the Executive Director, the President of ALA, the OIF, to issue a recommendation that American libraries NOt cooperate with any program for the removal of this book from libraries, the return of these volumes, the cancellation of orders, and more positively issue a statement that libraries are not in thebusiness of controlling information by government dictat, nor in the supression of a document which finaly makes accessible the proof of long-alleged US State
Department, CIA, Armed Forces etc involvement in one of the great debacles of the late 2Oth Century? (More from Library Juice .)
More from an earlier article posted here.
The Times reports that the U.S. Government Printing Office has mistakenly issued to libraries a report linking the U.S. to anti-Communist death squads in Indonesia:
The American Government is trying to claw back copies of a book that reveals US links to Sixties anti-communist death squads in Indonesia. Copies of the declassified history were prematurely distributed to libraries around the world. It contains details of how the US Embassy in Indonesia supplied names of members of the Communist PKI party which backed President Sukarno, the founding father of the republic, to the Indonesian security forces. Those forces massacred more than 100,000 people.(More)