US: Millions of federal court records are being destroyed to save money

“The federal courts are destroying millions of judicial case records that have been stored in the Federal Records Centers of the National Archives for decades, all in an effort to save money.

The plan is to destroy all records on cases that did not go to trial that were filed between 1970 and 1995. For other records, the federal judiciary has reduced the current record retention time from 25 to 15 years in an effort to cut costs. All cases that went to trial or were filed before 1970 will be kept.

[…] However, the decision to destroy 79,000 boxes filled with civil cases, 43,000 boxes of criminal cases and over 500,000 bankruptcy records is cause for concern among legal historians and advocates for public access to information.”

Folter im Ägyptischen Museum?

“Der Verdacht, dass die Plünderungen des Ägyptischen Museums eine höchst politische Note haben, bestätigt sich auf die schlimmste Weise.
Soeben meldet n-tv unter Berufung auf eine Kairoer Zeitung, dass sich der ägyptische Geheimdienst während der Revolution im Ägyptischen Museum eingerichtet hatte – und auch nach der Absetzung von Mubarak hier gefoltert hätte.”

Ausstellung: "Hiroshima Ground Zero", New York

Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945 from ICP on Vimeo.

“Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945
International Center of Photography
May 20–August 28, 2011

After the United States detonated an atomic bomb at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the U.S. government restricted the circulation of images of the bomb’s deadly effect. President Truman dispatched some 1,150 military personnel and civilians, including photographers, to record the destruction as part of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey. The goal of the Survey’s Physical Damage Division was to photograph and analyze methodically the impact of the atomic bomb on various building materials surrounding the blast site, the first “Ground Zero.” The haunting, once-classified images of absence and annihilation formed the basis for civil defense architecture in the United States. This exhibition includes approximately 60 contact prints drawn from a unique archive of more than 700 photographs in the collection of the International Center of Photography. The exhibition is organized Erin Barnett, Assistant Curator of Collections.​museum/​exhibitions/​hiroshima-ground-zero-1945

Produced and directed by Adam Harrison Levy
Edited by Stephanie Gould
Music by Paul Brill “

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