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Surreal Life IV

In July the Dept. of Justice suddenly noticed that there were publications in the Federal Depository Library Program (or up to about 1200 libraries) that they wanted withdrawn. They ranged from 1 to 4 years old.

Eventually, the DOJ realized that the publications really ought not be withdrawn. See http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/GODORT/legislation/#removal for the background.

In the meantime, a publication called the Administrative Notes, which is published by the Government Printing Office, had in its July 15 issue, the order to withdraw the requested publications.

Now the original July issue has been replaced with a double July-August issue in which there is no mention of the whole DOJ debacle.

Now, I'm a little cranky about the Gvt. Printing Office, the one agency that should know better, trying to rewrite the past. So, read on for the text from the July 15 order (which includes all the titles requested for withdrawal). One day, you might run across them on a library shelf with a big, red "WITHDRAWN" stamp on the front and a big X over the stamp...

July 20, 2004

Dear Depository Librarian:

The Department of Justice has asked the Superintendent of Documents to instruct depository libraries to destroy all copies of the materials listed below. Please withdraw these materials immediately and destroy them by any means to prevent disclosure of their contents. The Department of Justice has determined that these materials are for internal use only.

Documents to be removed and destroyed:

Title: Civil and Criminal Forfeiture Procedure
Class: J 1.2:C 49/17
Item no: 0717
Shipping list: 2004-0276-M
Shipping list date: May 7, 2004

Title: Select Criminal Forfeiture Forms
Class: J 1.2:F 76/8
Item no.: 0717
Shipping list: 2004-0038-P
Shipping list date: December 12, 2003

Title: Select Federal Asset Forfeiture Statutes
Class: J 1.2:AS 7/2/2004
Item no.: 0717
Shipping list no.: 2004-0077-P
Shipping list date: February 5, 2004

Title: Asset forfeiture and money laundering resource directory
Class: J 1.89/3:M 74/2004
Item no.: 0717 A 11
Shipping list no. 2004-0120-P
Shipping list date: March 24, 2004

Title: Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 (CAFRA), PL no.
106-185, 114 Stat. 202 (2000)
Class: J 1.2:C 49/16
Item no: 0717
Shipping list no.: 2000-0367-P
Shipping list date: September 23, 2000

Both GPO and the U.S. Department of Justice regret any inconvenience resulting from this request and we appreciate your cooperation.

Sincerely,

JUDITH C. RUSSELL
Superintendent of Documents