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Library Missing Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Files

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library lost a file folder that contains works of Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts on affirmative action more than 20 years ago. According to officials at the library and the National Archives and Records Administration, the file folder disappeared after it was reviewed by two lawyers from the White House and the Justice Department in July. Complete article at Washington Post. (Subscription required but go to BugMeNot for an anonymous user name and password.)

We know that it’s possible to remove government documents from a physical library. However it’ll be easier to remove documents in a digital system without the knowledge of FDLP librarians. It would save the two lawyers’ trip to the library and allow them to remove the documents anonymously. This is not rocket science. It’s common sense. A centralized digital system will potentially invite more of these incidents.

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