What You Don't Need to Know


Reason reader Handsome Dan Erdman (truly a name you can trust) alerts us to a Boston Globe article revealing that the Government Printing Office has ordered libraries to destroy five pamphlets published between 2000 and 2004 by the Department of Justice. An official at the American Library Association estimates that there have only been 20 to 30 instances since the mid-19th century wherein the GPO, acting on behalf of a federal agency, has made such a request to eliminate documents. The previous requests have been made on account of factual errors or outdated information in the documents and once—with a CD detailing information about U.S. water systems that was returned after 9/11—to secure information from potential use by terrorists.

So what do the current five pamphlets contain? Strategy tips on how the DOJ prosecutes asset forfeiture cases.


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  1. Proof that this DOJ has their heads up their assets.

  2. Yeah, the Border Patrol took my pick-up truck back in `90,they sold it at auction without any adjudication. They called it ” a conveyance”.I was conveying my ex-Mexican wife ( the “punta mentirosa”) across the Rio Bravo before her papers were in order.I forgive the sorry bastards because the blame should go to D.C.

  3. Short passage, concise description of the people need to know what to change.

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