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Monday, May 03, 2004  

Let's start the week off strangely: with the national archivist. Pretty tame position, wouldn't you think? But even here, Bush couldn't resist nominating a corrupt idealogue to replace outgoing archivist John Carlin.

The White House nominee [Allen Weinstein] has a controversial history involving charges of excessive secrecy and of ethical violations. Almost two dozen organizations of archivists and historians have expressed concern about his nomination, and will almost certainly speak against it at Senate hearings later this year.

The charges against Weinstein center on ethical issues involving access to research materials he used in writing two books. Other historians have not been permitted to see his documents and interviews, which violates the standards of the American Historical Assn. and the Society of American Archivists.

And why, pray, would W. want this man for the job? Well, his politics are right, for one thing:

Yet there has been little fallout for Weinstein over his conduct. Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) praises his nomination and Henry Kissinger sits on the board of Weinsten's nonprofit organization, Center for Democracy.

Oh, and then there's this factor, too. Not that you'd want to suggest a political motive, or anything:

The archives collects and preserves the records of government, including many presidential papers and documents from hearings such as those conducted last month by the 9/11 commission. In the next year, the archives will be preparing the release of papers from President George H.W. Bush's term in office.

Probably just a coinicidence.

posted by Jeff | 7:51 AM |
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