The Pentagon Papers were less secure

Glenn Otis Brown, June 19th, 2003

“Advanced Marketing Services, a San Diego-based distributor that expects to handle about 2 million [fortcoming Harry] Potter books between Saturday and January 2004, has hired security guards in the United States and added guard dogs for a Canadian distributor it partially owns. . . .

‘I can’t let you touch the book,’ warned Bill Carr,’s director of books, music, videos and DVDs. He gestured toward some of the more than 200,000 books — about 150 tons worth — that will be shipped to West Coast destinations.

Similar operations are under way at’s four other major regional distribution centers in Newcastle, Del.; Coffeyville, Kan.; Campbellsville, Ky.; and Lexington, Ky.

The 896-page books were locked in special rooms when they arrived at the warehouse. They were cordoned off from the rest of building by a pair of security guards, who were not allowed to talk to reporters. Reporters were searched on their way out of the building.”

–From MSNBC (thanks to Creative Commons intern Ben O’Neil).

4 Responses to “The Pentagon Papers were less secure”

  1. Jeff says:

    Oh, the power of free publicity.

    The return from increased exposure more than offset any insignificant costs.


  2. D. Levin says:

    Hopefully not. Was merely borrowing the posting title’s wit. As a matter of case law, I believe the pentagon papers doctrine applies to material obtained from state actors, not San Diego based book distributors.

  3. tematics says:

    Are you sure of this??

  4. D. Levin says:

    Perhaps the Pentagon Papers analogy isn’t far off — disclosure of even one chapter of Rowling’s latest could have caused “great and irreparable harm to the security of the United States,” endangering the improved literacy of every fourth grader in the country this summer, no?