Saturday, December 04, 2004
Lack of security: Over at National Review's The Corner, John J. Miller points out this story from The Washington POst about a rash of items missing from the National Archives -- it turns out the movie "National Treasure" isn't so far-fetched.
Hundreds of letters and photographs are missing from the National Archives and its regional offices, including one presidential library. Many are suspected stolen.
The extent of the losses is detailed in a series of reports from the organization's investigative office, but the value of the items is difficult to determine because that is largely measured by historic importance and rarity. The items include color photographs of Nancy Reagan and the king and queen of Jordan, letters from Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and a stately portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
At one time, three letters written during the Civil War by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant were missing from the National Archives. Only one has been recovered.
Of course, my first thought after reading the article was: Has anyone checked Sandy Berger's pants?