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Wednesday, June 24

America's History (the declassified stuff) Now On YouTube

From TruthDig

In a post titled America’s History, Now on YouTube, Marie Cocco (from the Washington Post) writes:

But the school year has ended and the kids are at loose ends. What’s a worried parent to do?

At the risk of attracting the ire of those who justifiably want to pull their children away from computer screens, send them to YouTube. Amid the trashy home videos and other uneven chronicles of pop culture is a memorable new look at America’s past that whets the appetite for more free fun. The National Archives, in celebration of its 75th anniversary, has posted 17 videos to YouTube from its audiovisual collection.

I'll be sure to have the kids watch it!!

and then.........

I'll have them take a look at some of MOM's DISCLAIMER LINKS.............

Foundation for the National Archives
Board of Directors, January 2009
Quite an interesting array -- one of the VP's is a VP from the Washington Post. I see Cokie Roberts name listed as a VP also (?) -- check out some of the other names and affiliations.

2006 controversy over reclassification
In March 2006, it was revealed by the Archivist of the United States in a public hearing that a memorandum of understanding between NARA and various government agencies existed to "reclassify", i.e., withdraw from public access, certain documents in the name of national security, and to do so in a manner such that researchers would not be likely to discover the process.

Back in 2006:
Reclassification Program at National Archives Exposed
U.S. military and intelligence agencies have assigned personnel to review and reclassify declassified historical records at the National Archives where they have withdrawn thousands of records from public access.
The seven year old secret program was reported today on the front page of the New York Times.

Prior to that, remember Clinton's National Security Advisor, Sandy Berger? he got caught for trying to remove (stuffed the documents down his pants) classified material from the archives

and before that, remember the Hemp For Victory film?

Historical Data Removed from US National Archives by Nixon
Hemp for Victory: 1942 USDA Film to the American Farmer. This film was ripped out of the US National Archives by Richard Nixon to conspire to cover up history and censor the American Past. It was rediscovered by Capt. Ed Adair & Jack Herer, authors "The Emperor Wears No Clothes"

I'm sure there are many more....

Anyone else have any disclaimers they feel should accompany this audiovisual collection?

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