I hang around some pretty intelligent people who have smart friends commenting on their facebook pages. The first part of this post is from a comment on Claude Scales’s Facebook page by William R. Everdell. I think it fits with the NYT article Claude referenced. The second part of this is a shorten version of the NYT Opinion article “Why You May Never Learn the Truth About ICE,” Matthew Connelly, Professor of History, Columbia.
George Orwell in “‘1984’, Winston Smith was dropping documents into the ‘memory hole’ by his desk at the Ministry of Truth – Minitrue
The Department of the Interior and the National Archives have decided to delete files on endangered species, offshore drilling inspections and the safety of drinking water.
This turns out to be just one action in a series of Trump administration attacks on the National Archives and the laws and funding supporting it, all of them aimed at preventing citizens of the republic learning from History.” William R. Everdell, Historian – Facebook
Examples of how this is happening have yet to be examined by Congressional Hearing.
Early in the new year, a photograph of the Women’s March – 2017 was put on display for the “Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote,” exhibit. The photo was altered to purposely distort Trump’s name and any words “referencing female anatomy” on depicted posters. Archivist of the United States David Ferriero later apologized for the distortions.
The latest and not taken as important yet(?!) growing threat to the nation is the destruction of its capacity to document the news and records covering daily ordinary and potentially significant events. This is happening before our eyes while a distracted press, public, and Congress are have concentrating on the immediate and obvious issues with the president, his illegal use of executive privilege, lies to conceal information based on national security excuses, and obstruction as aided and abetted by Republicans. Not noticed is the destruction of before the press, citizens, government watchdogs, or historians see it. In particular;
The author; “It is hard to know why the government is not even holding on to records about antidumping efforts, or the protection of intellectual property, both of which fall under the new temporary status. It is perhaps easier to understand why the Trump administration wants to delete other records from the undersecretary’s office such as documents regarding the non-enforcement of “health, safety and environmental laws and regulations.”
I can think of a few names such as Zinke, Pruitt Mulvaney, Price, Haley, Sessions. Mc Gahn, etc. who would like to see documentation disappear into the “memory hole.”
It is also good news for anyone interested in evading economic sanctions, buying American strategic assets, selling us shoddy goods, stealing our intellectual property or violating aviation safety regulations. Now, even the court of history will be closed.
Other References: “Erasing History: The National Archives Is Destroying Records About Victims of Trump’s ICE Policies,”