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Indonesia Volume Released: Now History of U.S.-Greek Ties Blocked!

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 from a brand new Library Juice.

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.

Untelling the Truth - Will Libraries Assist?

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.

U.S. Ties to Death Squads Accidently Leaked to Libraries

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)

The report can be found here. Thanks to New Breed Librarian.

LoC Fire Safety Woes

Holly writes
\"Bad news for the Library of Congress from this Story from Yahoo News:

\"``Some of the most valuable and irreplaceable
collections in the library have the worst fire protection,\'\'
according to the agency, established to bring Congress
into compliance with the health, safety and
environmental laws that apply everywhere else\".

This includes items like a perfect copy of the Gutenberg

Very scary!


Web Only GPO

The Southbend Tribune is running a Story on a congressional bill that will slash funding for the Government Printing Office. This is going to eliminate millions of government documents available to the public at Federal Depository Libraries. The Feds are proposing web ONLY access to all the docs.

\"Some materials are so critical to citizen access, people are going to want to use them in print version,\" said Michael Lutes, depository librarian at the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame has been part of the Federal Depository Library Program since 1883.

New FGI Discussions: February 6, 2006

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