National Archives are allowing records to be destroyed.

Kathy

When Franklin D. Roosevelt established the first presidential library almost 80 years ago — his own, in Hyde Park, N.Y. — he called it “an act of faith.”

He wrote: “To bring together the records of the past and to house them in buildings where they will be preserved for the use of men and women in the future, a Nation must believe in three things: It must believe in the past. It must believe in the future. It must, above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain in judgement in creating their own future.”

So what are we supposed to believe, when we no longer seem to have the capacity even to preserve a record of the past, much less learn anything from it? One thing is clear: When politicians, caught committing malfeasance, claim that they will let future historians judge, you can’t possibly believe them.


President Trump has long made it a practice to tear up his papersand throw them away. It is a clear violation of the Presidential Records Act, which is supposed to prevent another Watergate-style cover-up. When the National Archives sent staff members to tape these records together, the White House fired them.

In 2017, a normally routine document released by the archives, a records retention schedule, revealed that archivists had agreed that officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement could delete or destroy documents detailing the sexual abuse and death of undocumented immigrants. Tens of thousands of people posted critical comments, and dozens of senators and representatives objected. The National Archives made some changes to the plan, but last month it announced that ICE could go ahead and start destroying records from Mr. Trump’s first year, including detainees’ complaints about civil rights violations and shoddy medical care.


NYT—Source

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Kathy

If we don’t want to admit our mistakes and learn from our past, we can just destroy it. Will we ever know what Trump has done? If the NA doesn’t have integrity how will we know?

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vgkg (Va Z-7)

Typical repub behavior, cheney had his shreading team on call too 24/7

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paprikash

Didn’t that just apply to Nixon? I’m off to google

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paprikash

Looks like he should stop doing that.

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Kathy

The National Archives made some changes to the plan, but last month it announced that ICE could go ahead and start destroying records from Mr. Trump’s first year, including detainees’ complaints about civil rights violations and shoddy medical care.

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paprikash

Well, if changes were made, so be it

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Kathy

Whitewashing our history serves only those who committed the abuses. Why even have an archive if it is doctored to favor certain issues?

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jerzeegirl (FL zone 9B)(9b)

Just remember, if they are official records other people will have copies of them. It's going to look really bad when these people come forward with the hidden records. Well, it looks bad already but I guess it can get worse.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

I hope it looks really bad. Looking really bad is the best case scenario (except for properly archiving, of course). What I fear is that it *won’t* look bad either because no one is educated enough to realize how bad it is and/or everyone is complicit so the truth is never outed.

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catkinZ8a

shreading


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Joaniepoanie

Yeah, Trump is such a great, upstanding, transparent prez.. Soooo much he does not want us to know. With acquittal he has the green light to do whatever he wants—-and he will. This is just the beginning

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don_socal

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
― George Orwell, 1984

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell, 1984


“The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.”
― George Orwell, 1984

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
― George Orwell, 1984

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
― George Orwell, 1984


“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
― George Orwell, 1984


“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
― George Orwell, 1984

“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”
― George Orwell, 1984

“Big Brother is Watching You.”
― George Orwell, 1984


“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
― George Orwell, 1984

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chipotle

Looks like he should stop doing that.

Ya think?

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Kathy

Trump tears up papers every day that are supposed to be archived. His admin uses WhatsApp to hide communication. Yet they railed against Hillary and they rail against Pelosi. It’s hard to believe he has pulled the wool over the eyes of so many.

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don_socal

Poor, poor pitiful tRump thinks he is getting applause when it is applause for her ripping the speech. It was the right thing to do.

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