National Security: A Picture Worth a Thousand Words – by Jan Wondra

Under US law, all records created during the term of a presidency are the property of the US government on behalf of the American people. It’s us – the people. They must be kept under the protection of the National Archives. There are no exceptions to this law. Whether the documents have been reclassified or not is irrelevant; the designated repository agent is in charge.

The National Archives are not just in Washington DC. He also manages 16 federal secure storage sites across the country, and is in charge of all documents presented in official presidential libraries across the country. Presidents working on their memoirs, or preparing their libraries can request information, refresh their memory of events and consult their documents made available in secure spaces.

It’s a huge task and in the case of classified or top secret documents – especially those involving human assets that the government has invested years in developing and placing – security is a matter of life and death. Respecting this element of our national security would seem to be a value that all Americans, including the Department of Justice, and certainly our current President understand and our former Presidents should understand and support.

This makes former President Donald Trump’s occasional handling of documents, taken against the law from the White House to his home in Florida; fled, moved and remained virtually unsafe in a country club, all the more confusing and alarming.

What happens next? Time will tell us.

Featured Image: Documents with top secret identification listed were seized during the August 2022 search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Many of them were mixed with personal items from former President Donald Trump’s desk drawers in his residence. Image from the Department of Justice.

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