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[liberationtech] URGENT: U.S. Dept of the Interior: Records Destruction Request. Public Comment Period.

Yosem Companys ycompanys at gmail.com
Tue Oct 23 16:35:57 PDT 2018


From: Mr. James R. Jacobs <jrjacobs at stanford.edu>

     I wanted to alert you to a very disturbing thing happening in the
National Archives world that may severely impact research, especially
historical and scientific research. The Dept of interior is asking for
permission to destroy records about oil and gas leases, mining, dams,
wells, timber sales, marine conservation, fishing, endangered species,
non-endangered species, critical habitats, land acquisition, and lots more.
Basically records from every agency within the Interior Department,
including the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Fish &
Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey, Bureau of Safety and Environmental
Enforcement, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and others. This is all content that
would normally go to NARA for collection and preservation. This is
disturbing because previous administrations would obfuscate records by
classifying/reclassifying records. This admin is basically just destroying
records so they’ll never be accessible.

    There’s an October 29 deadline for comment to NARA:
request.schedule at nara.gov /// fax: 301-837-3698 /// NARA (ACRA), 8601
Adelphi Road, College Park MD 20740-6001. (Be sure to say that you’re
referring to DAA-0048-2015-0003.) Please forward to your networks and
researchers who may be effected.

    More information: https://altgov2.org/doi-records-destruction/

    NARA’s appraisal memo
https://altgov2.org/wp-content/uploads/DAA-0048-2015-0003_Appraisal_Memo.pdf


    this is tragic and terrible.

    james



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