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Source Ken Hanly
Date 04/08/08/00:04

Ashcroft Orders Libraries To Destroy Copies Of Laws
Federal Statutes On Asset Forfeiture May Not Be Published,

In another move towards federal tyranny, the Attorney General John
Ashcroft has ordered the
American Library Association to destroy all copies of the federal
laws on asset forfeiture and to
deny access to those laws to the general public.

The unprecedented move, in which US citizens would be unable to read
or know the text of the laws
they are expected to obey, was another stage in the growing power of
President George W Bush.

The American Library Association has refused the request of the
"Justice" Department to destroy
copies of the law, and made the following statement:

Statement regarding DOJ request for removal of government
publications by depository libraries

The following statement has been issued by President-Elect Michael
Gorman, representing President
Carol Brey-Casiano, who is currently in Guatemala representing the Association:

July 30, 2004

Statement from ALA President-Elect Michael Gorman:

Last week, the American Library Association learned that the
Department of Justice asked the
Government Printing Office Superintendent of Documents to instruct
depository libraries to destroy
five publications the Department has deemed not "appropriate for
external use." The Department of
Justice has called for these five these public documents, two of
which are texts of federal
statutes, to be removed from depository libraries and destroyed,
making their content available
only to those with access to a law office or law library.

The topics addressed in the named documents include information on
how citizens can retrieve items
that may have been confiscated by the government during an investigation.

The documents to be removed and destroyed include: Civil and Criminal
Forfeiture Procedure; Select
Criminal Forfeiture Forms; Select Federal Asset Forfeiture Statutes;
Asset forfeiture and money
laundering resource directory; and Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act
of 2000 (CAFRA).

ALA has submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the
withdrawn materials in order
to obtain an official response from the Department of Justice
regarding this unusual action, and
why the Department has requested that documents that have been
available to the public for as long
as four years be removed from depository library collections. ALA is
committed to ensuring that
public documents remain available to the public and will do its best
to bring about a satisfactory
resolution of this matter.

Librarians should note that, according to policy 72, written
authorization from the Superintendent
of Documents is required to remove any documents. To this date no
such written authorization in
hard copy has been issued.

Keith Michael Fiels
Executive Director
American Library Association
(800) 545-2433 ext.1392

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