Saturday 27 June 2015

The Coineys and Their FOIs

The Washington lawyer who works for the IAPN and ACCG and latterly the PNG has a snide post that he's "glad" that I know what an FOI request is and then infers "hypocrisy" because I'd been critical of the ACCG, IAPN and PNG trying to use one in the struggle to get no-questions-asked passage of dug up antiquities through US borders. Let us remind ourselves of the texts to which he is referring. Warning, some of this is stomach-turning in its crassness:
'What is "the Truth About ACCG Test Case"?' PACHI Saturday, 20 February 2010.
'Writing Gobbldygook at the Collectors' Expense' PACHI Monday, 19 July 2010.
'Coiney "Guilds" Want Access to Deceased Archaeologist's EMails' PACHI Wednesday, 20 April 2011.
'How Many Ways Can You Flog A Dead Horse? Ask the ACCG' PACHI Thursday, 14 June 2012.
'US Court Does not Buy Coin Collectors' Conspiracy Theory: Disallows Intrusive Snooping' PACHI Friday, 15 June 2012. (the comment is particularly relevant).
'FOI Lawyer Wades into Controversy' PACHI Tuesday, 19 June 2012.
IAPN you should be ashamed of yourselves, as for the PNG... ble!


Cultural Property Observer said...

Your blog posts on this are complete and utter nonsense. One rule for "heritage advocates" and another for advocacy groups associated with collectors and the small businesses of the numismatic and antiquities trade? If anything, your FOI's to the BM seem predicated on some vendetta you have against the PAS because they haven't taken your rants against them as seriously as you believe they should. In contrast, FOI's that came about only after the Chair of CPAC himself raised serious concerns about how the State Department was handling his Committee's recommendations are something altogether. And as Scott Hodes indicated, the FOIA lawsuit was only filed after State sat on requests for up to 3 years time. As a result of filing suit, State actually processed our requests.

Paul Barford said...

Thank you for rejoining the open discussion of heritage issues and your opinion on this, even though I do not agree with you.

As for whether I differentiate between heritage advocates and the lobbyists for commercial interests which are destroying heritage assets, then obviously I do, it would be difficult for me to place them on the same level. Its sort of like the difference between the RSPCA and kitten stranglers.

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