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

Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes alps6085 at
Tue Oct 23 17:28:46 PDT 2018

Oh god this is so awful and apparently across many aspects of government- a similar records destruction request has been filed by US DHS for recordsof immigrant detention!

Regards / Saludos / Grato

Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes

> On Oct 23, 2018, at 6:35 PM, Yosem Companys <ycompanys at> wrote:
> From: Mr. James R. Jacobs <jrjacobs at>
>      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 /// 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:
>     NARA’s appraisal memo   
>     this is tragic and terrible.
>     james
>     -- 
>     James R. Jacobs
>     US Government Information Librarian
>     123D Green Library 
>     Stanford University
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>     W:
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