Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Slippery Slope of the Day
Once you begin taking records out of library archives that researchers rely on for free inquiry and research purposes, it would be very difficult not to see it as a slippery slope toward government controlling research in higher education and our collective understanding of American history. —Tracy B. Mitrano, adjunct assistant professor of information science at Cornell University, reacting to the news that the FBI wants to examine the late columnist Jack Anderson's papers and "remove any item they deem confidential or top secret" before scholars can look at them.
To add a bit of weirdness to the bizarre—
The FBI eventually told Kevin Anderson [Jack Anderson's son] that the investigation centered on Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, two former officials with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee who have been charged with receiving and distributing national defense information.