National Review's "Investigation" of Documents Housed in the Richard J. Daley Library

Libraries are large and complex organizations. The communications made to Stanley Kurtz, National Review (NRO) contributing editor by staff of the University of Illinois – Chicago (UI-Chicago) about the availability of the requested collection, especially comments by a part-time graduate student, are not prima facie evidence of a coverup or conspiracy. Rather, the allegations provide evidence on the state of one specialized collection in a large library with millions of individual items that is not intimately known in its entirety at the initial points of public contact.
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Don't you mean 'was' a terrorist?

Unless theres been more Weatherman bombings I've not heard of.

I'd find it very odd that a politican with aspirations of high office would take anything sizable without having all angles covered. Surely noone in that position is silly enough to either do anything that is illegal or suspect let alone allow information on such a thing to be kept in a societies paperwork?

Was, is....

If I beat up the old lady next door I'm always a old lady batterer no matter how long ago it was.

It is a matter of semantics.

So, I'll go with Ayers was a terrorist.

It is the National Review

It is the National Review, I would expect a conclusion different than that of the NYT, or Chigago Tribune on this issue.

Conspiracy, coverup, no I don't think so even if NRO does - I don't read it online generally, I get it in print, but I did read this online.

Kurtz said he was given the OK to see them even though he was not UIC student or staff. That is probably the standard answer from a reference librarian when asked "I don't go there can I use the reference collection in the library?" I don't see a big cover up there.
Then he made an appointment with the special collections librarian, again probably standard procedure, and darn nice of the librarian if you ask me.

He was told that he could have copies made, but he could not personally make copies - again probably just stating a policy of the library.

The GA was being helpful by sending the finding aid along. Again, really nice.

Dr. Weller told him she made the decision not to give him access to the collection. Nice upfront answer if you ask me. It seems the collection is still being processed and no one can access it.

It seems that the library does not have all of its ducks in a row, and does not have the deed of gift so it can't let anyone see the documents as they are not the library's to release.

All foundations have records and it seems that his time would have been better spent tracking down who actually owns the records he wants to see and asking them for the okey dokey. Apparently the library does not know right away and has other stuff more important than processing some old papers. Can't say as I blame their technical services.

Conspiracy, no. Putting stuff off and paperwork errors, probably.

Not a big deal if you ask me. We know that Obama and Ayers are friends, we know that Ayers is a terrorist. You want conspiracy and cover up in Chicago? Look at the dump truck contracts and the idle dump trucks sitting around on the taxpayers dime.

Where Obama got his nutty ideas is not really important to me. I don't think anyone is going to change their vote because of some old paperwork filed away in the Daley library.

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